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Police: No ruling yet on Channahon man's death after domestic incident

Police and investigators secure the scene of a shooting Monday, June 17, 2019, at the 2500 block of Fryer Street  in Channahon, Ill.
Police and investigators secure the scene of a shooting Monday, June 17, 2019, at the 2500 block of Fryer Street in Channahon, Ill.

The death of a man during a domestic incident in Channahon last week is still under investigation, police said.

Channahon Deputy Police Chief Adam Bogart said Monday that they had still not received a ruling on how James Darden died from the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Bogart previously said authorities were waiting on Darden’s autopsy results to determine how he suffered two gunshot wounds to the torso.

When responding June 17 to a report of a woman being pistol-whipped, Channahon police officers found Darden, 73, in the backyard of a home at the corner of South Fryer and Story streets with the gunshot wounds. He was taken to Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where he died.

Police also found a handgun on the scene. Bogart said he would not discuss statements made by witnesses when asked if there were any persons of interest.

The woman, 53, had fled the scene with blunt force trauma to her head. She was taken to Saint Joe’s, where she was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. Bogart said that three witnesses were present at the home on the day of the shooting, in addition to Darden and the female victim.

Bogart added that no arrests related to the incident June 17 have been made, and the investigation remains open and ongoing.

Witnesses said they heard gunshots and saw a blood-soaked woman emerge from the house on Fryer Street last week.

“She was all covered in blood,” said Brianna Clower, who lives near the home. “She said she was pistol-whipped.”

Darden had been arrested the day before he was shot on a charge of misdemeanor battery. Officers responded to Darden’s house about 2 p.m. June 16 after receiving a report about a domestic dispute involving Darden, the 53-year-old woman and a juvenile, Bogart said.

After Darden was arrested, he was taken to the police department for booking and then was released on his own recognizance about 3 p.m. Officers have been called to the residence on previous occasions for domestic-related calls for service.

Clower said there had been a domestic disturbance at the home June 16 involving a disagreement over alleged abuse of a girl who lives there. Bogart said that there were no children at the home when police responded June 17.

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