A 43-year-old man from Summit, Ill. killed his ex-wife's husband on Thursday afternoon, and took police on a 45-minute chase before taking his own life.
Sergio Ramirez-Abeja allegedly shot and killed Santiago Garcia-Mendoza with a 9mm Beretta after the two got into an argument outside Mendoza's home in the 7400 block of Beloit Avenue in Bridgeview, according to Bridgeview Police Chief Walter Klimek. Abeja's adult daughter was inside the home at the time, but no one else was reportedly injured.
Witnesses saw the shooting, which occurred around 1:54 p.m., and said Abeja took off in a black SUV. Bridgeview officers spotted Abeja about 10 blocks away and tried to stop him. That's when the chase began.
Abeja made it to Interstate 294 and then to southbound Interstate 57. Bridgeview is 50 miles north of Kankakee in Cook County. By 2:30 p.m., Abeja made a U-turn on I-57 in Bradley and headed back north. At least two dozen police vehicles were in pursuit, but it was a Bridgeview officer who eventually stopped Abeja's SUV using a so-called "PIT maneuver," used to make a vehicle spin out.
"This was a forcible felony, a homicide," Klimek said. "This is something we're not calling the pursuit off for."
Abeja crashed into the cable divider two miles north of the Peotone exit and as officers approached his vehicle, Abeja used the Beretta to take his own life.
Early reports indicated that Abeja had multiple guns in his vehicle but all he had was the pistol. Klimek said it was legally owned and that Abeja had a concealed carry permit. Klimek said an autopsy will determine how many times Mendoza was shot, but police recovered six shells in the driveway where the shooting occurred.
Police were still on scene at I-57 by 5:30 p.m.