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Case# 08-36136

On April 16, 2008, at 8:22 p.m., Officers responded to 14715 E. Burnside Street (Hazelwood Station Apartments), on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, they found Christopher John Tillman, a 22-year-old white male, deceased from a gunshot wound. He was found in the 3rd floor stair well of the apartment building.

Residents of the building reported hearing arguing coming from the apartment above them then heard sounds of people running down the stairwell. They heard more arguing from the stairwell, which was followed with gunshots. Other witnesses in the apartment reported hearing the same thing. Witnesses reported seeing a 4-door Jeep, possibly a Cherokee, parked to the south of the apartment complex on NE 147th Avenue facing north. Witnesses saw two females in their 20’s sitting in the jeep like they were waiting for someone. A few minutes later two subjects, one African-American male, and one white male came running out the apartment. One of the females was holding the doors open for the two males so that they could get in. Witnesses said the white male got in the driver seat while the African-American male got into the front passenger seat. Once the suspects were in the vehicle it sped off northbound.

Witnesses described the suspects as follows; white female, 23 years of age, about 5’7” with a heavy build, blondish-orange hair, wearing a small T-shirt and jeans. The other female was white, about 23 years of age, about 5’3”, thin and had long dark hair, was dressed nice compared to the others she was with. The white male was described as about 25 years of age, about 5’10,” had short blonde hair, was chubby, and was wearing white shorts with a white T-shirt. The African-American male was about 26 years of age, about 5’11”, with a muscular build, shaven head, was wearing baggy pants and a shirt with unknown colors, lots of gold necklaces and sunglasses. 

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