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Momence woman shot multiple times: coroner

September 15, 2018

KANKAKEE — An autopsy revealed Jamie L. Jones, of Momence, was shot multiple times, according to Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner.

The 35-year-old Jones was found in a room at the Fairview Courts Motel about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday by a hotel manager.

Gessner said the final cause of death awaits toxicology results.

Chief Deputy Ken McCabe, of the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators are working on leads. The motel is located in the 2500 block of South Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee but is under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s police.

Jones’ body was found six hours after a woman was shot twice at a home in Courtside Plaza on Kankakee’s east side.

Emanuel D. Burns was taken into custody by Kankakee police shortly after a report of shots fired at 5:13 a.m. Wednesday in connection with the latter shooting.

According to a blotter report, the victim was shot in the face and back. The injuries were nonlife-threatening, Investigations Commander Dave Skelly, of Kankakee police, said.

McCabe told the Daily Journal that investigators are “looking at possibly that shooting as well as other angles.”

A Fairview Courts Motel manager told the Daily Journal a woman from Momence checked into the room at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night. The woman paid $50 cash to stay in the room for one night.

The manager did not know how many people were staying in the room. They also were unable to confirm whether Jones was the woman who purchased the room for the night.

“Nobody heard anything last night,” the manager said. “In my 22 years here, I have never seen anything like this happen here.”

Courtside Plaza update

The shooting victim remained hospitalized at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital, according to Skelly.

Witnesses have been cooperating with investigators, Skelly said.

According to a report, Burns was on the porch of 100 Courtside Plaza holding a gun when officers arrived. Burns dropped the gun when ordered by officers.

Burns was injured when he resisted officers trying to handcuff him. Burns was in custody at Riverside Medical Center.

Two officers were treated and released for injuries during the skirmish.

Burns and the victim had a prior domestic relationship, Skelly said.

Two children were at home at the time of the shooting.

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