Man Linked to 8 Murders in Suburban Chicago Commits Suicide in Texas, Police Report

The suspect linked to the shooting and killing of eight people in suburban Chicago has been found dead after a confrontation with law enforcement officials in Texas, police confirmed on Monday night.

Joliet, Illinois police revealed on Facebook that 23-year-old Romeo Nance, the prime suspect in the Chicago killings, fatally shot himself around 8:30 p.m. Central time near Natalia, Texas, following a confrontation with US Marshals.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office in Texas reported receiving information about Nance heading into the county on Interstate 35. 

A standoff ensued at a gas station, resulting in Nance taking his own life, as disclosed by the sheriff’s office.

Nance, suspected of committing the heinous acts at three different locations in the Chicago suburbs, had prompted a widespread manhunt earlier on Monday. 

Authorities had issued warnings, declaring him “armed and dangerous.”

While Will County and Joliet police were unable to ascertain a motive for the killings, they confirmed Nance’s familiarity with the victims.

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FBI Joins Manhunt in Joliet Amid Gruesome Crime

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The suspect linked to the shooting and killing of eight people in suburban Chicago has been found dead after a confrontation with law enforcement officials in Texas, police confirmed on Monday night.

The FBI’s fugitive task force collaborated with local law enforcement in the pursuit of the suspect, according to Joliet Police Chief William Evans.

The victims were discovered over the span of Sunday and Monday at separate residences in Will County and Joliet. Nance is also believed to be linked to another shooting in Joliet that injured a man on Sunday, though specific details were not disclosed.

Expressing the gravity of the situation, Chief Evans stated, “I’ve been a policeman for 29 years, and this is probably the worst crime scene I’ve ever been associated with.”

Authorities uncovered five bodies in one Joliet house and two in another, confirming that the victims found on Monday were family members. However, the exact relationship to the suspect remains undisclosed.

Residents in the vicinity were deeply disturbed by the unfolding events. Teresa Smart, residing just a block away from where seven victims were discovered, expressed her fear, stating, “This is way too close to home. It’s super scary.”

Earlier on Monday, Joliet Police shared on Facebook that they were investigating the deaths of “multiple” individuals, sharing Nance’s photo and images of a red Toyota Camry, identified as the suspect’s vehicle. 

The Will County Sheriff’s Office had previously posted images of the same car, linking it to scenes of two separate shootings on Sunday afternoon.

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