Man arrested after officers respond to shooting on Joliet’s East Side

Officers recovered Oxcyodone pills, loaded firearm from suspect, police said.

Officers arrested a Crest Hill man on drug and firearm possession charges after responding to a report of a shooting on Joliet’s East Side.

Parnell Samuels Jr., 30, was charged with armed habitual criminal, manufacture and delivery of a cocaine, possession of cocaine, and possession of a weapon by felon in connection with the incident, court records show.

About 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to Fourth Avenue and Sherman Street for a report of shots fired and saw a vehicle speeding away from the area, Joliet police said in a news release.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Samuels, police said.

“While speaking to Samuels, officers observed fresh marks on the vehicle that appeared to be caused by gunfire,” police said.

Samuels told the officers that a relative’s residence was shot at by “unknown individuals” and may have struck his vehicle, police said.

Samuels and the officers returned to the residence in the 200 block of Fourth Avenue and saw that it was apparently struck by gunfire, police said.

“During questioning about the shooting, officers noted that his story was inconsistent with the evidence at the scene,” police said.

Samuels submitted to a search and officers found a bulky plastic bag sticking out of his waistband, police said. He then ran away but was ultimately apprehended again by officers, police said.

Officers ultimately discovered Samuels carried a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine and Oxycodone pills, police said. A loaded gun was also recovered from his vehicle.

“The Joliet Police Department wishes to thank the Will County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case,” police said.

In 2018, Samuels pleaded guilty to giving an undercover officer $200 worth of cocaine, court records show.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News