A police confrontation, following a solicitor complaint Wednesday morning in an Antioch neighborhood, was followed by a standoff with police officers in Antioch Township, and was followed by a fatal police-involved shooting on Route 41 in Gurnee near Route 132. The incidents at three locations are initially believed to have been connected, starting with the solicitor complaint Wednesday morning in the block of 400 Donin Drive about 6:30 a.m. Police responded to a report that a man and woman were knocking on doors and asking for money.
Police officers responding to the solicitor complaint discovered a white Volkswagen convertible with a man and woman inside. A male driver ignored police requests to stop, and then rammed a squad car while fleeing, according to police. Witnesses reported hearing a gunshot and seeing a long-barreled weapon pointed out a window in the vehicle before the vehicle departed the scene.
Police located the vehicle at a house in Antioch Township, and hoped to find the male driver of the white VW and the woman inside the house, but their subjects’ apprehension followed a strange twist of events.
The driver of the white VW is suspected to have been Jordan J. Huff, 37, of the block of 40500 North Main Street (Route 83), Antioch Township. Huff is accused of driving into the Antioch squad car. Later Wednesday afternoon, Huff was identified as the unconscious passenger in a car in Gurnee that was driven by a female, who waved long a gun at police. She was shot and killed by police near Route 41 and Route 132. After Huff was transported to a hospital from the Route 41 scene, he was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, criminal damage to state-supported property and resisting a peace officer from the prior Antioch incident. Huff is due in court Friday, May 25, 2018.
After police surrounded the Antioch Township house, they discovered their suspects from Donin Drive were not in the house. Then police were investigating whether three people were in the Volkswagen, and were working to confirm the identity of the third person in the white VW Wednesday morning. Following the deliberate crash with a police car in Antioch, police beleived the VW was driven to the house in the block of 40500 North Route 83 in Antioch Township where Huff lives.
As police were trying to contact the people in the the Antioch Township house and arrest them, Gurnee police were dispatched to a report of a white Toyota Prius with a bullet hole — and two unconscious people inside — stopped near a stop sign at Harper Street and Gould Street.
Motorists nearby noticed the driver, believed to be Makell Meyerin, in the drivers seat, and Jordan J. Huff, in the passenger seat, were asleep. Police say Huff was displaying signs of an overdose, and paramedics were dispatch to the scene.
Back at the house on Route 83 (Main Street) in Antioch …
Lake County sheriff’s police said an unidentified man and woman in the house on North Route 83 were taken into custody about 1:00 p.m. Wednesday after the morning standoff with police. Police forcibly entered the house to make the arrests, and no one was injured.
The man and woman from the standoff were transported in custody to Antioch police headquarters for questioning. Police concluded the woman was the third occupant in the Volkswagen, but was not involved in any wrongdoing, and was released. Police also determined the man, who was the VW’s registered owner, was not involved in any wrongdoing, and was also released.
Now police believe one vehicle occupant entered the house, and the others ran to a nearby house, where they entered a white Prius and drove away.
Back at the scene at Harper Street and Gould Street, Gurnee
With the woman driving the white Prius awakened, she fled the scene, after driving into a Gurnee Fire Department vehicle while the crew was on the scene to provide medical help to the unconscious male.
Police followed the Prius north about 3200 feet or about 8 blocks, as it was driven to Chittenden Park, where the female driver crashed into some trees, with the unconscious male still inside. The female driver baled out of the car, and began to run while waving a long gun. As a pedestrian now, the woman entered the southbound lanes of Route 41, north of Route 132. She was seen approaching a passing vehicle while still holding the weapon. Police attempted to negotiate the women’s surrender, and eventually the woman is shot and killed by police.
Police say the female victim that was shot and killed had previously (earlier Wednesday morning) been a passenger in the white VW that struck the Antioch squad vehicle during the police attempt to investigate the man and woman about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Her identity was released by Coroner Howard Cooper, who reported she was Makell Meyerin, 31, of Antioch. Meyerin was pronounced dead at 2:49 p.m. Wednesday at Level I Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. A preliminary autopsy indicated she died from multiple gunshot wounds. Shots were fired at her by police after she brandished the long weapon while fleeing and eluding, according to police.
Toxicology tests are pending.
Investigators are investigating the motive by Jordan J. Huff and Makel Meyerin, and are working with the FBI to determine if the two are connected to an armed robbery that involved a male and female offender, while the male offender was armed with an AK-47, Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10:55 a.m. at the NorStates Bank, 5384 Grand Avenue in Gurnee.
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The trek from 400 Donin Drive, Antioch to 40500 Main St Antioch Township to Gould Avenue and Harper Avenue to Chittenden Park is about 19 miles.