Lake County Sheriff’s official’s son faces weapons charges
BY RUTH FULLER September 24, 2013 6:02PM
Tyler Witherspoon, 20, the son of a chief from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, has been charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon without a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card. | Police booking photo
Updated: October 26, 2013 6:10AM
The 20-year-old son of a chief from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department has been charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon without a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.
The Waukegan Police Department refused to release details of the arrest.
Tyler Witherspoon is the son Jennifer Witherspoon, the chief of diversion programming at the sheriff’s department and also the president of the Lake County chapter of the NAACP.
Tyler Witherspoon was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 30 in Waukegan, when police allegedly recovered seven rounds of .22-caliber bullets and two 9mm rounds in a plastic bag in his pocket and found a Jennings handgun in the driver’s side car door. He was pulled over by police after he was refused entry into an apartment complex, according to a representative for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office.
Waukegan Police refused to provide further details of Tyler Witherspoon’s arrest and the registration of at least one handgun recovered during the incident. The City of Waukegan denied a FOIA request for the arrest report, saying such disclosure would “obstruct an ongoing investigation,” even though police typically release such reports after arrests.
Jennifer Witherspoon had no comment on her son’s arrest, and she referred requests for comment to his attorney, who also declined to comment.
Tyler Witherspoon is due back in court on Wednesday.