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Man wanted for murder in Wisconsin dies in Sandwich; authorities investigate death

A northeastern La Salle County man wanted on murder charges in Wisconsin was found to be unresponsive, and was taken to a Sandwich hospital and died, according to La Salle County Sheriff’s Office.

Ian Kearns, 22, of Sandwich, was wanted for homicide as a party to the shooting death of a 20-y ear-old during an attempted robbery, according to Eau Claire, Wis., police. Two other suspects were arrested in Chicago, and had their bond set for release from the jail in Eau Claire in Wisconsin.

One media report indicated gang activity was suspected. Initially Eau Claire police believed Kearns had traveled to the University of Illinois to stay with a girlfriend; University of Illinois police obtained a warrant to search for Kearns at a hotel but he left before police arrived.

Kearns was brought to his uncle Robert Conrad’s house unconscious in the back seat of a car by his brother Sean Kearns, according to La Salle County Sheriff’s Office.

Conrad told Sean to take his brother to Valley West Hospital in Sandwich. He did and after arrival at the hospital, he was treated in the emergency room and after a period of time was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

The DeKalb County Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy Sunday.

At this time, the investigation is continuing as authorities await autopsy results. The investigation is being conducted by the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office with the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office with the assistance of Sandwich Police.

Shaw Media will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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