Cops: Chicago Heights teen’s shooting ruled accidental
BY ROSEMARY SOBOL firstname.lastname@example.org
The fatal shooting that claimed the life of a 19-year-old Chicago Heights woman has been ruled accidental, authorities said Sunday.
While refusing to say specifically if Ryan Fantasia pulled the trigger leading to Haley Pelock’s death, Chicago Heights police Det. Mikal El-Amin said the 20-year-old “didn’t do it on purpose.’’
Fantasia has been charged with felony obstruction of justice but police did not elaborate.
El-Amin said Fantasia, who is “pretty destroyed’’ with grief over the incident, appeared in bond court Sunday morning in Markham. Bond information was not immediately available.
An autopsy performed Saturday determined Pelock, died of a gunshot wound to the chest and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
But El-Amin said Sunday investigators have determined the death was accidental.
Chicago Heights police got a 911 call about 7:30 p.m. Friday of a shooting at Fantasia’s house, 43 W. 26th St., according to a release.
When officers got to the scene they met Fantasia, who told them that his girlfriend had been shot and was lying on the floor in a second floor bedroom.
Officers went to the second floor bedroom, where they saw a second man, 30-year-old John Fantasia, attempting to give Pelock CPR, the release said.
The Chicago Heights Fire Department arrived at the scene and also attempted to revive the young woman, but those efforts were unsuccessful.
Chicago Heights police Capt. Jeffrey Bohlen said Pelock had some time off from school, possibly a junior college, and had gone to visit a young man prior to the shooting.
Bohlen said he and his daughter knew the victim personally, and he used to play softball with the victim’s father. “She was a peach, an absolute peach. She was an absolutely beautiful girl,’’ Bohlen said.
“It’s a tragedy,’’ the captain added.