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Chatham Man Arrested for Christmas Eve Shooting

On December 24, 2023, just before 2:00 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received reports of shots fired in the 2900 block of South Lowell Street. Responding Deputies located seventeen (17) 9mm shell casings near the intersection of South Lowell and West Maple South.

Video collected from the neighborhood showed a black male walking away from a business in the 2900 block of South Lowell, and then firing multiple rounds into the air with a handgun. The suspect then fled the area in a white BMW.  No person or building was struck by the rounds.

Detectives assigned to the case contacted the Springfield Police Department for assistance in identifying the suspect. After reviewing video of the incident, personnel with SPD positively identified the suspect as 23 year-old Ramon I. Wilson of Chatham.

Wilson is currently on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections, after a 2019 case for Aggravated Robbery. Wilson has prior arrests for robbery, burglary, larceny, weapons, assault, and resisting arrest.

Working with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, an arrest warrant for Wilson was issued on January 18, 2024. The warrant charged Wilson with two counts of Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, and one count of Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.

At approximately 7:16 a.m. on January 26, 2024, Wilson was taken into custody by members of the United States Marshal Service Violent Fugitive Task Force. Wilson is currently incarcerated at the Sangamon County Jail.  

The Sheriff’s Office thanked law enforcement partners, the Springfield Police Department and the U.S. Marshal Service, and the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office for their cooperation and assistance on this case.


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