Sheriff Kelley would like to announce the arrest of Jason Stevens Jr. (age 26) of Joliet for attempted murder, resisting/obstructing a police officer, armed violence, aggravated possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated battery, reckless conduct, and a parole violation.
On 09/30/2020, at approximately 4:53 AM, Deputies from the Will County Sheriff’s Office were in the area of the 1100 block of Parkwood Drive in Joliet, following up on an incident that had occurred one hour prior. Earlier that morning, a Will County Deputy had attempted to make a traffic stop on a black Pontiac Grand Am on the Westside of Joliet. The vehicle had fled from the traffic stop and deputies were attempting to locate the vehicle and suspect from the earlier incident.
Deputies located the suspect's vehicle in an apartment parking lot, and observed a Black Male subject that fit the description of the registered owner, next to the vehicle. The Will County Deputy announced himself and the suspect began to run from the deputy attempting to flee. While running, the Stevens discharged the firearm, one time in the direction of the Will County Deputy. Upon firing the weapon in close proximity of the deputy, Stevens fell to the ground. The deputy attempted to gain control of the assaultive suspect’s wrists and firearm. While the deputy was attempting to gain control of the Stevens' firearm, another shot was fired by Stevens in close proximity of the Will County Deputy.
Stevens then began to bite the deputy’s hands, wrists, and arms in an attempt to gain control of the firearm and defeat the arrest. Another Will County Deputy who was in the area assisting in the investigation heard the gunshots and assisted in taking Stevens into custody without further incident. The firearm, along with other items of evidentiary value were recovered at the scene.
When interviewed by detectives, Stevens made numerous incriminating statements in regards to the incident. The deputy involved in this incident was treated and released from a local area hospital for minor injuries. Jason Stevens is currently incarcerated at the Will County Adult Detention Facility awaiting a bond hearing.