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Questions continue to swirl around chief's stolen gun

Chief Jody O'Guinn from a previous interview with Heartland News. Chief Jody O'Guinn from a previous interview with Heartland News.
Police reports show O'Guinn reported his personal handgun, much like this one, stolen June 20. Police reports show O'Guinn reported his personal handgun, much like this one, stolen June 20.
Matthew Jones (Source: Carbondale PD) Matthew Jones (Source: Carbondale PD)
Jewlious Causey (Source: Carbondale PD) Jewlious Causey (Source: Carbondale PD)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Carbondale city council members met behind closed doors late Tuesday night, presumably to discuss the controversy surrounding police chief Jody O'Guinn.

On Friday, O'Guinn announced his personal handgun may have been used in a deadly shooting.  Police reports show O'Guinn reported his personal handgun stolen June 20.

O'Guinn says someone took the firearm from his locked vehicle outside his home.

Police found the gun during an investigation into the shooting death of Deaunta Spencer. Authorities charged Matthew Jones, 18, with Spencer's murder.  However, it's still not clear how Jones possibly got O'Guinn's gun.

Police also arrested and charged Jewlious Causey, 19, of Carbondale with two felony counts: one for possessing a stolen firearm and the other for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police believe that Causey had the chief's stolen gun sometime during the months of August and September.

Causey was taken to the Jackson County Jail on $100,000 bond.

After more than two hours behind closed doors Monday the council returned to city chambers and reported that they had not taken any action on any city employees.

They issued no other statements.

According to documents obtained by Heartland News, O'Guinn said the gun was stolen at least a week before he reported it missing. In the paperwork are also two unexplained references to what appears to be the same animal complaint also filed June 20, one on the incident report narrative page and another on an operations report. 

Chief O'Guinn would not talk to Heartland News about the report. However, Carbondale City Manager Allen Gill says he still has faith in O'Guinn.

Still, the fallout over the stolen gun has city council member Chris Wissmann concerned about what council members were not told.  "There maybe information that we have not received, that we should have received," Wissmann said.

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