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Witness Follows Murder Suspects, Flags Down Police: Prosecutors

By Erica Demarest | November 25, 2015 7:13pm
 Kwan Ward (l.), 20, and Antonio Doss (r.), 31, are charged with first-degree murder.
Kwan Ward (l.), 20, and Antonio Doss (r.), 31, are charged with first-degree murder.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Two murder suspects were arrested this week after a witness chased their van and flagged down police, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Antonio Doss, 31, and Kwan Ward, 20, are charged with murdering 20-year-old Jacques Barnes in Englewood on Sunday.

According to prosecutors, Barnes was sitting in a parked van in the 1000 block of West 71st Street about 2:50 p.m. on Sunday. Doss allegedly drove a separate van to the scene and pulled over to the curb, where Ward stepped out of a rear sliding door.

At that point, Ward walked over to Barnes and fired 11 shots at the man, Assistant State's Attorney Robert Kline said during a bond hearing Wednesday.

As Ward ran back to the van where Doss was waiting, Ward got hit by a passing car, Kline said. Ward got up, got back in the van, and the pair drove away.

A witness followed Ward and Doss, who drove evasively, until the witness could flag down police near 67th and Racine, Kline said. The officers continued the chase, which ended shortly after Doss and Ward got out of the van in the 6600 block of South Carpenter Street and tried to run away on foot, according to prosectors.

Ward tossed his 9-mm semiautomatic gun under a staircase, but later retrieved it for police, Kline said. And Doss' ID was recovered on the scene.

Barnes, of the 4700 block of South Wabash Avenue, was shot in the back of his head and left knee. He was taken to Advocate Christ Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Police recovered 11 shell casings from a 9 mm gun, Kline said, and Ward confessed to police that he shot Barnes because Barnes was in a rival gang and had been taunting him.

Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. on Wednesday ordered Doss and Ward held in lieu of $1 million bail each.

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