Des Plaines homicide investigation scene at mobile home community in Des Plaines.
A long-running dispute between father and son ended in gunfire in the family’s Des Plaines home Monday, leaving a 54-year-old man dead and his son behind bars accused of murder, police say.
Des Plaines police responded to the Town and Country Mobile Home Park at 815 East Oakton Street about 8:30 a.m. to a report of a domestic disturbance. A 10-year-old girl ran to a neighbor’s mobile home and called 911 to report that her brother and father were fighting.
When police arrived, they found the girl’s father dead with multiple gunshot wounds. The girl’s brother and the dead man’s son was not at the scene. Martin Chavez, 54, was found dead on a bedroom floor inside the mobile home that is located just beyond the edge of the east parking lot of Maine West High School. Martin Chavez died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Police determined that the victim’s son, Martin Chavez Lomeli Jr., had fled the scene prior to the officers’ arrival. Police officers immediately contacted the Maine West school resource officer upon discover of the homicide, and school officials took appropriate security measures to ensure the safety of the students. There was no major affect on the students at the high school.
Martin Chavez Lomeli Jr was located driving his blue Nissan Sentra about 9:23 a.m. near Forest Avenue and Wolf Road and was followed for about one mile. He was pulled over at 1155 East Oakton Street near Oakton Street and Mannheim Road, and taken into custody without incident, according to Des Plaines police. A handgun believed used in the shooting was recovered from his vehicle.
The suspect’s 10-year-old sister did not witness the murder because she had left the mobile home to call 911 about the domestic dispute before the shooting occurred.
Lomeli later told detectives he shot his father several times with a gun that he had purchased illegally, according to Des Plaines Police Department.
Martin Chavez Lomeli Jr., 22, of the 800 block of East Oakton Street, was ordered held without bond on a charge of first-degree murder at a hearing in a Cook County courtroom on Wednesday November 13, 2019.
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