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No arrest yet in fatal Como shooting; Whiteside detectives interviewing 'nonstop,' sheriff says

COMO – Whiteside County sheriff's investigators still are tracking down leads and waiting on evidence analysis in the fatal shooting of a Como man on the Fourth of July.

The body of Jason A. Chapman, 43, was found in his yard on Front Street around 12:30 a.m. July 5.

They have narrowed the window of time when the shooting occurred – between 10:15 p.m. Saturday and when his body was discovered in his yard around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Sheriff John Booker said.

Evidence collected at the scene has been sent to the State Police crime lab, and detectives are conducting interviews "nonstop," Booker said.

He is reluctant to release any details that might make it more difficult to ensure they have the right person when an arrest is made, such as what kind of gun was used or where Chapman was shot – details only the killer, or someone who was there at the time, would know, the sheriff said.

Investigators also are consulting with a task force of Lee County, Sterling, Rock Falls, Dixon and ISP investigators formed to track down suspected murderers Jorden Johnson and Latisha Evans, charged with killing a man in a South Carolina hotel room on June 28 and believed to be back in the area. Whiteside County also is part of that task force.

He can't rule out the possibility that Chapman's killing might be related to that case, or that it might somehow be related Chapman's past criminal history involving holding a woman hostage in his home 2 years ago.

"We're not ruling out anything at this point," Booker said.

Investigators also still are looking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything that night.

Anyone with information on either case can call the Whiteside County Sheriff's Department at 815-772-4044 or the anonymous reward hotline, Whiteside County Crime Stoppers, 815-625-7867.

Tipsters who have information that leads to an arrest or conviction are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Como is an unincorporated village of about 550 people about 2 miles west of Rock Falls off U.S. Route 30.

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