Two Rockford men, one juvenile arrested after deadly shooting

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — On Saturday night, two men and a juvenile were arrested in connection to the murder of a 26-year-old man who was shot on the 4500 block of Apple Orchard Lane.

Police say they originally arrived to the scene after reports of a shooting and noticed a residence had been shot multiple times.

The officers were then notified of a walk-in gunshot victim at a Rockford hospital, 26-year-old Deanton Davis, who came from the scene.

Davis died from his injuries shortly after his arrival, police said.

According to the criminal complaint, police were able to track the SUV which dropped Davis off at the hospital to an apartment in the 3100 block of Meriday Lane.

There, they found three handguns and a bag containing Davis’ ID card. 20-year-old Jeremiah Coleman and a 15-year-old male were taken into custody.

During the investigation, police learned that 22-year-old Devon Hickman was the resident at the Apple Orchard Lane address.

According to the complaint, Hickman later told police he had been in a dispute with his child’s mother at the Meriday Lane address, and the 15-year-old juvenile fired shots at him. Hickman told police he fired back, and then went back to the Apple Lane residence.

Hickman said he went to a neighbor’s house to get a spare key to the residence, and while he was there, saw the SUV pull up, and watched as the 15-year-old and Coleman got out and fired shots at the unoccupied house. He told police he then fired at the subjects in the SUV, apparently striking Davis, who was in the car.

Charges for the juvenile male are Felony Murder, two counts of Aggravated Discharge, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Outstanding Juvenile Custody Warrants.

Jeremiah Coleman was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon.

Devon Hickman was charged with Felony Murder, five counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Weapon, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

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