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Man may have attacked in-laws in Crete Township over ‘tumultuous divorce’ with their daughter: cops

Will County sheriff’s deputies investigating violent incident

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A 36-year-old man may have attacked his in-laws over a “tumultuous divorce” between him and their daughter, as well as his having to report to jail to serve a sentence related to a previous arrest for domestic battery against his wife, police said.

The 66-year-old mother-in-law of the 36-year-old man has been released from the hospital after treatment for multiple stab wounds suffered Thursday in the Crete Township incident, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

The 68-year-old father-in-law remains hospitalized in critical condition for more than a dozen stab wounds, police said.

The 36-year-old suspect also remains hospitalized for multiple stab wounds, police said.

“No charges have been made, as the offender is still in critical condition,” Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Dan Jungles said.

About 3:20 p.m. Friday, police disclosed that deputies and detectives have been informed of the possible motive for the attack.

The suspect had been angry at his in-laws about his “current tumultuous divorce between him and their daughter” and having to report to jail Friday to serve his sentence related to a previous arrest for domestic battery against his wife, police said.

The in-laws had been taken to Chicago-area hospitals after the attack Thursday night, and the suspect was flown to a hospital in the Chicago area for treatment, police said.

The attack happened at 6:41 p.m. when deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 2600 block of Shady Grove Court in Crete Township. The area is about 40 miles east of Joliet and is close to the Illinois-Indiana border.

Deputies found three people in need of immediate medical attention, sheriff’s officials said.

Inside the residence, deputies found a 66-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man bleeding profusely with multiple injuries.

A 36-year-old man from Wisconsin also was inside the residence.

“A firearm may have been fired both inside and outside of the home, but it does not appear that anyone was struck with gunfire,” sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies performed lifesaving measures on all three victims, who were later taken to hospitals for treatment.

“Local and state police agencies have been able to make contact with other family members, and all are safe,” police said.