Three Joliet men were arrested after a botched shoplifting attempt at Kohl’s in Romeoville that resulted in the shooting of one suspect by police. Police were notified of a retail theft in progress at the local department store on Thursday around 10 p.m. According to police and witnesses, police officers waited outside to apprehend two men who were exiting the store with a shopping cart. One of the suspects, Robert Russell, 51, ran toward a vehicle and the shut the pursuing officer’s arm in the vehicle’s door. The driver took off, dragging the officer along with the vehicle. A second officer fired three to four shots at the driver after the he refused the officer’s orders to stop. The suspects were apprehended after the driver was shot in the left arm. The third suspect, Gerald Chamberlain, 28, was arrested inside the store.
Felony charges were filed this morning against Russell and Chamberlain, both reportedly have extensive criminal records. Russell was charged and booked at the Will County Jail for attempted murder, retail theft and obstructing an officer. Chamberlain was charged with felony theft. The driver has not yet been charged. The officer was treated and released from a nearby hospital.
Charges filed after shoplifting suspect shot by police, www.chicagotribune.com, November 29, 2013