NEWS RELEASE May1st, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carbondale – On 04-28-23 at approximately 10:53 p.m., Carbondale Police officers responded to the 700 block of South Lewis Lane regarding a shooting. The victim of the shooting, who later died as a result of injuries he sustained, has been identified as Rayshawn L. Simon, 41 of Carbondale. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rayshawn’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. Carbondale Police detectives continue to actively investigate the case. Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the Carbondale Police Department.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 549-2121. You may also call the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at (618) 687-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the “Crime Stoppers” tab located on the main page of this website. Please help yourself, along with your county, its communities and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness, or have any information pertaining to, a crime. Cash rewards for information which leads to an arrest are also made anonymously. Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!
****PRIOR RELEASE****(Homicide Investigation Update #1)
Carbondale –Carbondale Police officers and detectives made two arrests in reference to the active homicide investigation that took place in the 700 block of South Lewis Lane on 04-28-23 at approximately 10:53 p.m. Dewayne E. Jones, 37 years old of Carbondale, and Jeffrey J. Harris, 24 years old of Carbondale, are in incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. Jackson County State’s Attorney Cervantez reviewed the investigation and authorized charges for both subjects. Jones is charged with Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon. Harris is charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and Aggravated Battery. The identity of the victim continues to be withheld pending notifications. The investigation remains active and ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the Carbondale Police Department.
****Previous Release**** Carbondale – On 04-28-23 at approximately 10:53 p.m., City of Carbondale Police Department officers responded to the 700 block of South Lewis Lane in reference to a shooting. Officers found a shooting victim and provided life resuscitating measures to the victim. The Jackson County Ambulance Service responded, provided care and drove the victim to the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale where the victim was later pronounced deceased. Carbondale Police investigators have people of interest in custody and they are working with the Jackson County State’s Attorney to determine potential criminal charges. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time pending notifications of next of kin. There are not any known ongoing threats to the public at this time.
The mission of the Carbondale Police Department is to work in partnership with our community to preserve life, protect human rights, protect property and improve quality of life by providing police service to all in a fair, sensitive, and professional manner.