DeKalb resident dies after on-the-road shooting, suspect charged


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A DeKalb Police car sits parked on an overcast afternoon in front of the city’s Police Headquarters.

DeKALB – Deaundre Brooks, a 34-year-old resident of DeKalb, died while receiving medical care from a previous gunshot wound to his abdomen on Thursday.

The victim was dropped off at the Northwestern Medicine-Kishwaukee Hospital and died while being airlifted to a Rockford hospital, due to the seriousness of his injuries.

The suspect, Calvin Hamilton, a 40-year-old resident of DeKalb, was investigated by the DeKalb police department after they were notified about Brooks from the Kishwaukee Hospital at 8:46 p.m. on Thursday.

Officers saw Hamilton enter his vehicle in the 800 block of Ridge Drive at 11:49 p.m. and a car chase ensued when officers attempted to confront him. The suspect fled eastbound on I-88 at high speeds until he was cornered. Officers were assisted by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police and Hamilton was taken into custody.

The department conversed with witnesses and determined Hamilton shot Deaundre during a dispute while they were returning to DeKalb on I-88 between Route 47 and Peace Road, according to a DeKalb police department press release.

The case remains under investigation and Hamilton is currently facing charges of first degree murder with additional charges anticipated by the department.