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Man charged with murdering driver who accidentally rear-ended him in Waukegan

Sheldon L. Brown, 33, of Chicago.

A Chicago man has been charged with murder after police say he shot and killed a driver who accidentally rear-ended his car Friday evening in Waukegan.

Sheldon L. Brown, 33, of Chicago, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, a Class X felony.

The Waukegan Police Department responded around 11:50 p.m. Friday to the area of 8th Street and Jackson Street for a call of shots fired.

Dispatchers were told that a subject was also found lying in the roadway at the intersection.

Officers arrived and found a male victim lying in the street with gunshot wounds next to a white SUV, according to Waukegan Police Commander Edgar Navarro.

Paramedics from the Waukegan Fire Department arrived at the scene and transported the victim, identified as a Waukegan man in his 30s, to an area hospital where he died.

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The Waukegan Police Department Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded and began an investigation.

Detectives were able to identify Brown as the suspect through witnesses and an “active community response,” Navarro said.

Detectives believe the shooting was a result of a road rage incident.

The victim rear-ended Brown’s maroon sedan accidentally, and Brown then exited his vehicle and shot the victim, Navarro said.

Brown was taken into custody on Saturday in Waukegan without incident and a firearm, identified as a .40 caliber pistol, was also recovered.

Brown remains held in the Lake County jail on a $3 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

An autopsy has been scheduled on the victim for Tuesday by the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Once the autopsy has been completed, the man’s identity will be released.


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