Illinois Man Fatally Shot, Nephew Questioned, Released


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LAKE THUNDERBIRD, Ill. — A tragic family dispute in Lake Thunderbird left one man dead and his nephew detained as a suspect.

According to officials, it began Thursday afternoon at 4:52pm when Putnam County Sheriff’s Office rushed to 2 Walnut Drive after a 911 call about a shooting. When officials arrived on the scene, they found 64-year-old Jack D. Carpenter motionless at his driveway’s end.

Police detained the alleged shooter, Joshua J. Aalders, 26, from Spring Valley, was identified as Carpenter’s nephew and was taken into custody. The following day, an autopsy confirmed Carpenter sustained two gunshot wounds to the upper body. While the initial probe was underway, Aalders was released from custody amid ongoing investigations.

Authorities reassure the public this was an isolated incident, emphasizing the release of Aalders was based on the event’s specific circumstances.


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