CICERO – It took only about an hour for police to arrest Carl Shampine, 49, the prime suspect in the murder of 38-year-old Santiago Salgado, who was shot once in the chest during an argument at at home in Cicero Jan. 19.
According to police, the quick arrest of Shampine may have saved his own life, too.
Cicero police and town officials praised investigators for their quick response in tracking down Shampine, who was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Salgado at the home of a mutual friend in Cicero.
According to police, Shampine was drinking with friends in a home at 5221 W. 30th Street at about 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 when Salgado arrived. Police said the two got into a fight at the home and Shampine allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot Salgado once in the chest, killing him.
First Deputy Superintendent Jerry Chlada said the department's Gang Unit was briefed on the situation before it rolled out on patrol.
"We had an idea of what happened," Chlada said. "We got our tactical officers out there with a lot of good information."
While patrolling in the area of the Shampine's home, officers spotted a suspicious vehicle outside of his home with two men and a woman inside. A check of the vehicle revealed that one of the men was the victim's brother, Adam Salgado, 33, of the 5200 block of 31st Street, Cicero. Police also found three loaded handguns in the vehicle.
Police charged Adam Salgado with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
Later that evening, officers on patrol saw Shampine walking down the street near his home and took him into custody. He later confessed to killing the victim, police said.
Chlada praised his officers for the swift response in finding the murder suspect, and possibly preventing his murder.
"We probably would have had another murder on our hands.” Chlada said referring to the arrest of Adam Salgado.