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Shots fired, battery charged after reported Romeoville retail theft on Thanksgiving

Shots were reportedly fired Thursday evening after police responded to a retail theft incident at Kohl's of Romeoville, 261 S. Weber Road.
Shots were reportedly fired Thursday evening after police responded to a retail theft incident at Kohl's of Romeoville, 261 S. Weber Road.

ROMEOVILLE – Two Joliet men are charged with aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting a police officer after a suspected retail theft incident in which one of the men was shot on Thanksgiving evening at Kohl's Department Store, 261 S. Weber Road, Romeoville, according to the Romeoville Police Department.

Charles Hinch, 52, of the 400 block of Pico Street, Joliet, was shot in the left arm while driving a vehicle that was dragging a Romeoville Police officer, police said. He was transported to Bolingbrook Adventist Hospital and later transferred to Loyola Medical Center before being released.

Hinch and Robert Russell, 51, of the 500 block of Francis Avenue, Joliet, have been transported to the Will County Adult Detention Facility.

They were initially charged with attempted murder in a bond hearing, but the charge was reduced to aggravated battery, according to police.

Gerald Chamberlain, 28, of the 1300 block of Englewood Avenue, Joliet, was also transported to the Will County ADF. He and Russell were charged with retail theft.

Romeoville police responded to the store at 10:11 p.m. regarding retail theft, police said.

After officers arrived, Russell ran out of the store to an awaiting vehicle being driven by Hinch, according to police.

An officer pursuing on foot attempted to take Russell into custody, but the car door was closed on his arm, police said. Hinch then drove away, dragging the officer with the vehicle.

A second responding officer ordered Hinch multiple times to stop the vehicle before firing three to four shots at the driver and striking him in the left arm, according to police.

The vehicle then stopped, and Hinch and Russell were taken into custody, along with Chamberlain, who was still in the store, police said.

The officer who was dragged by the vehicle sustained injuries to his right shoulder and was taken to Bolingbrook Adventist Hospital before being released.

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