Man Found Dead, Shot in the Neck at Motel 6 on Devon Ave in Elk Grove Village

UPDATE: Motel 6 Homicide Victim Identity Released; Suspect in Custody with Elk Grove Village Police

Elk Grove Village police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 12:56 p.m. Sunday May 21, 2017 to a motel room at Motel 6, 1000 West Devon Avenue to a report of a man unresponsive and not breathing.

A man in his 30s was found unconscious and not breathing and with a gunshot wound to the neck in a motel room by police and firefighter/paramedics. He was pronounced dead at the scene in the motel just west of I-290/IL-53 and north of Devon Avenue in western Elk Grove Village.

The Motel 6 location on Devon Avenue is at the Elk Grove Village border with Itasca directly across the street to the south, and about 1.5 mile from the border with Schaumburg to the west.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide but the name of the victim was not initially released pending notification of his family.

Police and firefighter/paramedics, prior to their arrival, did not appear to be aware of any violence involved in the call at the Motel 6.


Cardinal Note: As of June 5, 2013 — up to and including the date of this article — police incidents related to the above police agency are not reported in real time or within a prompt time period. Police protecting their realm of investigation and police activity, have chosen to use secret military-grade encrypted radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring of public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.

The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from encrypted police communications may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and when other similar situations occur, such as when desperate offenders of property crimes are eluding police. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes or hours of its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.

The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also working to prevent possible violent crimes.

Lack of real time information from police dispatch also delays public awareness or eliminates public awareness of general hazards and traffic or other situations in every day living in an otherwise economically thriving community.

Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.

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