No charges for shooter who called 911 in fatal shooting near Lockport: police

Patrick Bernotas was shot in the chest in the 100 block of Pendleton Street after an argument over overdue rent, the sheriff’s office said.

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A 36-year-old man was shot to death July 12, 2020, in the 100 block of Pendleton Street, Lockport Township

A 36-year-old man was shot to death July 12, 2020, in the 100 block of Pendleton Street, Lockport Township.

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Charges will not be filed against a man taken into custody Sunday after a fatal shooting near Lockport, officials said.

The 76-year-old called 911 about 9:36 a.m. after shooting Patrick Bernotas, 36, in a home in the 100 block of Pendleton Street, the Will County sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The shooting stemmed from an argument over $20,000 Bernotas owed the 76-year-old for back rent, the sheriff’s office said. The man said Bernotas threatened him after he was served with a five day eviction notice.

According to the sheriff’s office, the home was in “deplorable” conditions and was unfit for occupation.

The man went into his downstairs bedroom and closed the door, but the pair continued arguing, the sheriff’s office said. Afraid that Bernotas might start a fight, the man said he pulled out a Taurus Judge revolver and placed it on a chair.

A short time later, the man said he picked up the gun after hearing Bernotas approach his room and fired shots when Bernotas swung open the door in an “aggressive manner,” the sheriff’s office said.

Bernotas went upstairs and collapsed on a couch in the living room, the sheriff’s office said. The man called 911 and performed CPR on Bernotas.

An autopsy conducted Monday by the Will County coroner’s office found Bernotas died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the sheriff’s office said. He was struck with one round of .410 birdshot at close range.

“After reviewing the case, the State’s Attorney’s Office elected not to charge the suspect with a crime at this time,” the sheriff’s office said.

Evidence is still being analyzed and the case will remain open until results of those tests are available, the sheriff’s office said.

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