Two teenagers have been been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of retired Chicago Fire Department Lt. Dwain Williams outside a Western Avenue business in early December.
Dwain Johnson, 18, of Gary, Ind., was arrested on Dec. 16 in Oak Forest by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, according to the Chicago Police Department. Johnson was charged with first-degree murder, attempted vehicular carjacking with a firearm and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.
A 15-year-old was also arrested that day, police said, and charged with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery with a firearm. Police do not release the names of juveniles in custody, but they said he was arrested in Chicago Heights by the Great Lakes Regional Task Force.
The juvenile appeared in court on Dec. 17, and according to reports, a judge ordered him held without bond.
According to the Chicago Tribune, prosecutors said Johnson was the getaway driver and remained in the car during the attack. He was denied bond.
Prosecutors said that, on Dec. 3, several carjackers followed Williams, of Longwood Manor, to Let’s Get Poppin’, 11758 S. Western Ave., then waited for him to exit.
Video released by the CPD shows Williams walking toward his car, and a vehicle approaches on 118th Street. Three offenders exit the vehicle and quickly approach Williams, who retreats toward his auto and pulls out a handgun.
Gunfire is exchanged, and Williams moves away from his vehicle; the suspects flee in their vehicle, and Williams limps back toward his auto.
Police said he was shot once in the abdomen. He died at an area hospital about a half hour later.
Police said they recovered the vehicle used by the offenders.
A memorial and fundraiser was held at Let’s Get Poppin’ on Dec. 10, with hundreds of people lining up outside the shop to buy popcorn in support of Williams’ family.
His funeral services were held Dec. 12.
Anyone with information on the crime should call Area 2 detectives at (312) 747-8271.
Anonymous information may be submitted at cpdtip.com.