Police charged a Carol Stream man with four felony counts after he allegedly tried to shoot his wife Tuesday while both were driving in Oakbrook Terrace.
On Wednesday, the DuPage County State's Attorney's office charged Ronald D. Smith, 35, 754 Bluff Street, with one count of attempted murder, one count of aggravated battery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. He is being held in DuPage County Jail on $500,000 bond.
The incident occured about 3 p.m. in the westbound lane of Butterfield Road near Route 83.
According to police and prosecutors, Smith allegedly forced his wife’s car off the road with his vehicle and opened fire, striking his wife in the wrist. She exited the vehicle and was picked up by a passing motorist. Smith then allegedly followed the vehicle and, after a brief chase, forced it off the road and opened fire once again, according to a press release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's office.
Police are not identifying the good samaritan who stopped. Oakbrook Terrace Deputy Police Chief Wayne Holakovsky said the driver recognized the danger but still stepped in harm's way to help.
"He took it upon himself. He stepped in," Holakovsky said. "She jumped in his truck, and he proceeded to take off. … It's good thing he was there and he did something."
He drove the victim to the Oakbrook Terrace Police Department, and she was then to the hospital where she is being treated for her injuries and expected to be released soon. Smith turned himself into police about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Smith currently lives in Lakehaven apartment complex.
Melissa Gleason, assistant property manager, declined to comment on Smith stating that the property managers are prohibited from speaking about their residents.
The two had been living separately for the past fourth months, Holakovsky said. He couldn't say what exactly sparked the incident Wednesday.
"It was just, you know, the pressure of being separated for four months — trying to resolve some issues," he said. "One thing lead to another."
The woman had left work, at Lexington Health Care in Elmhurst, for the day before the shooting.