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Joliet police captain declines to answer questions on alleged police car shooting

D’Amonta Barber (left) and Christopher Madison
D’Amonta Barber (left) and Christopher Madison

JOLIET – A Joliet police captain declined to answer questions regarding an incident where an unmarked police car allegedly was targeted by two shooters.

D’Amonta Barber, 18, of the 1400 block of Liberty Meadow Drive, Joliet, and Christopher Madison, 21, of Chicago were arrested in connection with the alleged shooting of an unmarked police car Jan. 31 on the same block where Barber lives.

Barber and Madison have been arrested and jailed on $1 million bonds. Joliet police tactical officers encountered both men at the Will County courthouse, where they were arrested.

On Wednesday, Joliet police Capt. Jeff Allbert declined to answer questions on the incident.

The questions inquired on why an unmarked police car was at Liberty Meadow Drive, why Barber and Madison allegedly shot at the car, why three other men were arrested but then released without charges, and why the suspects later were met by tactical police officers at the courthouse.

“You don’t need to know,” Allbert said.

Allbert said some of the questions were a “little sensitive,” and he was not at liberty to discuss them.

Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said that Madison was arrested Feb. 1 for his alleged involvement in the shooting. Barber was arrested Feb. 2.

Police have said no one was injured in the shooting. Officers reportedly found no damage to the squad car or any property.

Barber’s attorney, Cosmo Tedone, has filed a motion to reduce Barber’s bond to $30,000, arguing his current bond is oppressive and in violation of state law. A hearing on the motion was rescheduled to Tuesday.

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