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Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office to conduct investigation of 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)
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.
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department will conduct an investigation into the theft of Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn's gun.

The stolen gun was possibly used in a homicide last week.

In a press conference Thursday, Jackson County State's Attorney Mike Wepsiec announced that the sheriff's department will take over the investigation into the stolen gun and the Carbondale Police Department will keep investigating the murder.

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 on September 14. 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 14.

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

Wepsiec says the Jackson County Sheriff's Office was requested to conduct the investigation because they are headquartered in Carbondale and Wepsiec says he had a closer working relationship with the sheriff than with Illinois State Police.

Carbondale city manager Allen Gill says O'Guinn requested an outside investigation to clear his name and to protect the integrity of the department.

Carbondale City Council Member Jane Adams is calling for an internal investigation of Carbondale police policies and procedures.

"While the State's Attorney will necessarily address some of these issues as he investigates the theft, his investigation is entirely separate from the internal investigation needed to assure the citizens of this City that the police have appropriate procedures in place and that they are being fully followed," Adams said in a statement.

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