Wednesday morning shooting incident at 809 Edgebrook in DeKalb

UPDATED 1:41 p.m.

DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen announced today that an arrest has been made in the shooting death of Steven R. Agee II, 22, of Park Forest.

Chaz Thrailkill, 19, of Markham, Illinois, was arrested on a warrant for first degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm. Bail was set at $3,000,000. Thrailkill was picked up in the 1100 block of Varsity Bl., in DeKalb, at 10:42 a.m. Thrailkill is not a NIU student and was visiting a friend.

The DeKalb Police Department responded to 809 Edgebrook Dr. at 2:10 a.m. reporting that a person had been shot. Officers arrived on the scene within one minute of the 911 call and found one victim who had been shot in the chest. The victim was transported to Kishwaukee Hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

“This was an isolated incident that occurred as a result of an argument that escalated between Agee and Thrailkill at an off-campus party,” said Chief Feithen. “The investigation is ongoing.”

Thrailkiill is scheduled to appear in DeKalb County bond court Friday morning, according to DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell. Thrailkill faces a possible sentence of 20 years to natural life for the first degree murder charge and from six to 30 years in prison on each of the other two counts, Campbell said.

UPDATED 11:56 a.m.

The DeKalb Police Department will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, at DeKalb City Hall, 200 S. Fourth Street, DeKalb, to provide an update on the investigation into the shooting that took place in the 800 block of Edgebrook Drive early this morning.

UPDATED 9:18 a.m.

Early this morning, Northern Illinois University officials were notified by the DeKalb Police Department that NIU student Steven R. Agee, II, age 22 of Park Forest, was fatally shot during a party at a private apartment complex in DeKalb.

DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen has informed NIU officials that there is no imminent threat to the community. Police say the situation was an isolated incident that occurred as the result of an argument that escalated between two people at a party.

NIU President John G. Peters, senior administrators and counselors immediately went to Kishwaukee Community Hospital to offer support and assistance to the Agee family and friends. The NIU campus community’s thoughts remain with the Agee family and friends.

Details of the incident are still unfolding, and an investigation is under way. According to DeKalb Police, the Police Department received a 911 call approximately 2:10 a.m. regarding a person shot at 809 Edgebrook Drive in DeKalb. Officers arrived on the scene within a minute of the 911 call. Agee was transported to Kishwaukee Community Hospital and died a short time later.

According to DeKalb Police, a suspect has not been taken into custody, but they are following every lead and continuing to follow witnesses. DeKalb police describe the suspect as an African-American male, approximately 20 years of age, approximately 5’8” to 5’11” in height and wearing a dark jacket. Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or Crimestoppers at (815) 895-3272.

University authorities conferred with DeKalb Police and issued a text alert to all subscribers to the university’s emergency text alert system. Additional notification was posted on the university’s emergency information page and the university’s campus email advisory system was also utilized to distribute information

Tragic incidents such as this have a profound effect on each member of our community. NIU counselors are available to assist students, faculty and staff and can be contacted via calling the Counseling and Student Development Center at (815) 753-1206. Faculty and staff who feel the need to speak with a counselor can contact the Employee Assistance Program at (815) 753-9191.

As information develops, additional updates are made continuously to the university’s 24-hour news and information blog, NIU Today, www.niutoday.info, and the university’s emergency information website www.niu.edu/emergencyinfo.

UPDATED 7:09 a.m.

The DeKalb Police Department received a 911 call at 2:10 a.m. of a person shot at 809 Edgebrook Drive in DeKalb. Officers arrived on the scene within a minute of the 911 call and found one victim who had been shot in the chest. The victim was transported to Kishwaukee Hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen indicated the shooting victim was a NIU student. The victim was identified as Steven R. Agee II, age 22, of Park Forest.

There is no imminent threat to the university or community at large because the situation was an isolated incident that occurred as a result of an argument that escalated between two people at an off-campus party.

The shooting suspect described as a male/black, dark complexion, 5’8” to 5’11”, about 20 years of age, wearing a dark jacket. Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or CrimeStoppers at (815) 895-3272.

ORIGINAL POSTING 3:25 a.m.
LAST UPDATED 6 a.m.

City of DeKalb police are investigating a shooting that occurred during the early morning hours on Wednesday at 809 Edgebrook on the city’s northwest side.

City of DeKalb Chief of Police, Bill Feithen said the incident was reported to police at approximately 2:12 am. According to Chief Feithen one male victim was killed in the incident.

The victim is reported to be a NIU student.

According to police the shooting suspect remains at large. DeKalb police describe the suspect as an African-American male, approximately 20 years of age, height approximately 5-8 to 5-11 and wearing a dark jacket.

The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety have issued a campus alert.

According to Feithen, there is no imminent threat to the university or community at large because the situation was an isolated incident that occurred as a result of an argument that escalated between two people at an off-campus party.

Chief Feithen said that anyone with information on the incident should contact the City of DeKalb police department at (815) 748-8400 or Crimestoppers at (815) 895-3272.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

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