Kenosha Co. Sheriff’s Dept.: Man arrested in connection with shooting in Town of Salem

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TOWN OF SALEM (WITI) — The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has named a suspect in the shooting incident that took place in the 22000 block of 121st Street in the Town of Salem Monday night, March 30th.

According to officials, the incident involved a 52-year-old Kenosha County man who reported he had been shot by one of two suspects. He suffered a single gunshot wound and was taken to St. Catherine’s Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Officials say the victim reported that he had retrieved a gun from his residence after being shot, and it is possible that one of the suspects was also shot. Two suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. Police say they wore masks at the time of the incident.

One suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Justin  Diedrich of McHenry, IL.  Diedrich fled the area of the shooting in Kenosha County and was located at a business in Lake County, IL approximately 8 miles from the shooting scene.

Diedrich had sustained a gunshot wound to his arm and torso and was questioned by Lake County Sheriff’s Police about his injuries. He denied involvement in the Kenosha County shooting at that time.

Detectives from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department were able to share information which ultimately resulted in Diedrich’s arrest in Illinois.  A Kenosha County arrest warrant has been issued for Diedrich with the charges of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide and Burglary to Dwelling.

Diedrich is still hospitalized under guard in Illinois and will be facing extradition to Wisconsin once he is released.

Kenosha Sheriff’s officials continue to stress that they believe this incident was targeted and isolated — and that there no reason for the community to be fearful of random violent acts.

If anyone has any additional information regarding this case please call the Kenosha County Crime Stoppers at (262) 656-7333, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau at (262-605-5102), the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (847) 377-4250 or the Lake County Crime Stoppers at (847) 662-2222.


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