More evidence suggests the individual shot and killed near Chicago is murder suspect Kenneth Martell

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A man is shot and killed by police outside of Chicago.  Investigators believing it may be the man wanted for murder in Crawford County.

The Chicago shooting occurred this morning, just after 5am.  It all started when an officer noticed a suspicious vehicle backed into a gravel access road.  Take a look at that vehicle in the video as it’s towed from the scene of the shooting, a silver Kia SUV with a Pennsylvania license plate.  Those license plate numbers matching the exact ones local officials released while looking for Crawford County murder suspect Kenneth Martell. 

Martell is wanted in connection to the murder of 88-year-old Theodore Garver.  

It appears that Martell may have driven nearly 400 miles from the Erie region, traveling west, to the suburb of Lakemoor, Illinois.  An officer there was on patrol when she observed a silver SUV that was backed into a gravel access road, officials telling us this was suspicious because it’s not a road a vehicle would travel on, let alone be parked on.

She stopped and got out to investigate and saw someone in the driver’s seat who appeared to be sleeping.  She made contact and the individual brandished a firearm.  A struggle ensued.  Chris Covelli, Spokesman for Lake County Major Crime Task Force, tells us, “Her backup, luckily, wasn’t far away. Her backup arrived. A second firearm in the vehicle was observed in possession of this individual. One of the two officers did engage and shot at the offender. The offender was shot and subsequently shot and pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Investigators are trying to determine whether or not the suspect discharged his firearms.

The suspect’s autopsy began at 2pm and there may be some preliminary results released later tonight.  Stay tuned to Action News at 10 and 11 for more. 

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