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Stolen police chief's gun possibly used in murder

Deaunta R. Spencer was shot just before 2 a.m. September 14 in the 400 block of North Brush Street. Deaunta R. Spencer was shot just before 2 a.m. September 14 in the 400 block of North Brush Street.
Matthew Jones (Source: Carbondale PD) Matthew Jones (Source: Carbondale PD)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

A gun stolen from the Carbondale police chief's vehicle may have been used in a deadly shooting earlier this week.

Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn said that it appears his personally owned handgun, which he reported stolen from his locked vehicle in June, may have been the gun used in the fatal shooting of Deaunta R. Spencer on September 14.

"I am devastated and deeply saddened that this gun, which was secured within my personal vehicle, was stolen and subsequently may have been used to take the life of another," said Chief O'Guinn in a press release. "My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the family of this young man and I grieve with them in their loss."

The gun was found during an ongoing investigation by the Carbondale Police Department.

Matthew J. Jones, 18, of Carbondale has been charged with Spencer's murder.

Carbondale Police say Jones and the victim were acquaintances and had a personal dispute

"Although this is an unspeakable tragedy, it is comforting to know that the weapon has been recovered and cannot be used in the commission of further crimes," O'Guinn said.

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