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Landlord guns down tenant, calls 911: cops

Landlord also called 911, police said

A homeowner shot and mortally wounded a tenant in Lockport Township, then called 911, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

About 9:30 a.m. Thursday, deputies responded to a residence on Pendleton Street between First and Thornton streets in Lockport Township to investigate a report of a medical emergency involving Patrick Bernotas, 36, of Homer Glen, according to a statement released Monday by the sheriff’s office.

A 76-year-old homeowner called 911 after shooting Bernotas, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.

Deputies were told by dispatch that the 76-year-old man performed CPR on the the wounded man.

Bernotas was pronounced dead about 10:20 a.m. Sunday at the Silver Cross Hospital emergency room in New Lenox, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office. He suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, officials said. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning.

The coroner’s office will determine the final cause and manner of Bernotas’ death at a later date.

When the deputies arrived, the homeowner was taken into custody and a crew with the Lockport Township Fire Department took the injured tenant to the hospital, officials said.

“The victim’s identity is being withheld at this time, pending proper notification to the family,” officials said.

The homeowner is in custody and cooperating with the investigation, officials said.

“We are awaiting charges from the State’s Attorney’s Office on the suspect,” Hoffmeyer said.

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