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Family speaks out on Carbondale shooting death

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 J. Jones (Source: Carbondale Police Department) Matthew J. Jones (Source: Carbondale Police Department)
Victims aunt, Carolyn Oats Victims aunt, Carolyn Oats
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

The investigation into a Carbondale murder this week reveals the weapon used in the crime possibly belonged to the Carbondale police chief.

And now the family is speaking out on the incident.

According to Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn his gun was stolen from his locked car back in June 2011.

On Wednesday 20-year-old Deaunta Spencer was found shot and killed on the Carbondale's north east side.

The victim's aunt, Carolyn Oats, says a family member pleaded with the alleged suspect to stop.

"She begged him pleaded with him not to shoot him again," said Oats. "He was fixing again to shoot him in the back, and he just started shooting  up in the air she said like two times, then he ran away."

Matthew Jones, 18, of Carbondale faces murder charges in connection with Spencer's death.

In a statement, Police Chief Jody O'Guinn said, "My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the family of this young man and I grieve with them in their loss"

"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," added O'Guinn.

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