Off Duty Cop Saw Fatal Dan Ryan Shooting in Car Mirror, Caught Suspect

An Englewood man fatally shot a man driving on a Dan Ryan Expressway ramp before making off with $600 cash, but was caught nearby by police, including an off-duty officer who saw part of the robbery in his rearview mirror, according to police reports.

Jeremiah Holt, 20, of the 7300 block of South Aberdeen Street, was ordered held without bail Saturday in the shooting death just after 5 p.m. Wednesday of Jeremy Scullark, 28, on the northbound Chinatown exit ramp from the Dan Ryan Expressway. Scullark’s family on Friday held a vigil at the site of the shooting and said he was an entrepreneur.

Scullark, of Chicago, was shot along with the 19-year-old man he was giving a ride to, who is the brother of someone he knew, according to police reports.

The 19-year-old, who was treated and released from Mercy Hospital, told investigators that Scullark had picked him up at Roosevelt University and they eventually were headed to his home in Richton Park, but that they had first gone to a Verizon store in Indiana and a Western Union store on the South Side, according to police reports.

Family and friends place flowers near the photo of Jeremy Scullark, 28, during a vigil on the median of the Dan Ryan expressway near the Cermak St. exit ramp on Friday, April 21, 2017, where Scullark was shot and killed two days before. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune)

While Scullark, in his gold 2003 Mercedes-Benz, was on the exit ramp, Holt walked toward the car, then ran up to the driver’s side of the car and shot several times, prosecutors said Saturday. Scullark turned to the right and hit two other vehicles, then got out of the driver’s seat and tried to flee north, collapsing a few feet from the car, prosecutors said. The 19-year-old was hit in the elbow and ran away, prosecutors said.

The off-duty officer, who was stopped in traffic on the same exit ramp farther north, heard about seven gunshots, looked in his rearview mirror and saw Scullark fall to the ground, as the 19-year-old ran south on the ramp, according to the reports. Several other people saw Holt fire the shots, both into the car and after Scullark got out.

The officer saw Holt, who had a gun in his hand, “quickly rummage through the driver’s seat area” of the Mercedes, then saw him run west toward Wentworth Avenue, according to a police report. The officer drove after Holt, calling 911 as he drove and requesting backup.

As Holt ran, he dropped his gun and some cash, but picked them up, prosecutors said. Holt continued running and went into a business in the 2400 block of South Wentworth and hid his gun, a .40-caliber Taurus pistol with one live round left, under a file cabinet, according to one of the police reports. In that business, he also took off the hoodie he had been wearing, prosecutors said. Holt left the first business, ran to a second business and went inside briefly, then started running north on Wentworth again, prosecutors said.

The off-duty officer and two other officers arrested Holt in a gangway in the 200 block of West 23rdStreet, and he was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to be checked after his arrest, according to prosecutors and court records. The officers found about $616 on him. Continue Reading

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