City of Carbondale, Illinois
October 9th, 2023
For Immediate Release
CARBONDALE – On October 4th, 2023 at 3:54 p.m., City of Carbondale police officers responded to the 100 block of North Parrish Lane, near Parrish School, regarding a report of a man with a gun. During the course of the investigation detectives, with the assistance of the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office, applied for and received an arrest warrant for Keith S Smith, 37 years old of Carbondale, for Aggravated Battery and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. On October 6th, 2023 detectives located and arrested Smith on the arrest warrant. Smith was released pending court. The investigation remains active an ongoing.
****Prior Release**** - On October 4th, 2023 at 3:54 p.m., City of Carbondale police officers responded to the 100 block of North Parrish Lane, near Parrish School, regarding a report of a man with a gun. Officers learned there was an altercation between several juveniles and adults at a residence across the street from the school that moved down the street to a parking lot. Some of the involved parties left prior to the arrival of officers. A caller, who was not present at the incident, indicated a firearm was involved, but that has not been substantiated. There is not any suspect information to provide at this time. One of the involved parties suffered a minor injury. There is no indication this incident is related to Parrish School in any way, but there were several officers on the scene for a period of time to ensure that. Officers requested Parrish School go on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The investigation remains active and ongoing.
Anyone with information about the 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 on this website’s main page. Please help yourself and your county, its communities, and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness or have any information about a crime. Cash rewards for information that leads to an arrest are also made anonymously. Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!
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.