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Posted on: May 5, 2022

Update Reckless Discharge of a Firearm Investigation

City of Carbondale Police detectives continue to follow up on the fight and shots fired that occurred in the 500 block of South Illinois on 04-30-22 at 2:16 a.m. Detectives identified the shooter as Cody A. Dempsey, 28 of Carbondale. On 05-04-22 members of the Carbondale Police Department executed a search warrant in the 1900 block of Stephens Road and arrested Dempsey.  Detectives charged Dempsey with Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.  Assistance from community members and video surveillance assisted detectives during this investigation. The investigation is still active and ongoing.   Information will be submitted to the Jackson County State’s Attorney for consideration of additional charges. 

Cody A Dempsey, 28 of Carbondale

 Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 549-2121. You may also call the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at (618) 687-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the “Crime Stoppers” tab located on the main page of this website. Please help yourself, along with your county, its communities and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness, or have any information pertaining to, a crime. Cash rewards for information which leads to an arrest are also made anonymously. Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

 ****Prior Release****: On 04-30-22 at 2:16 a.m., City of Carbondale police officers responded to the 500 block of South Illinois Avenue in reference to a report of a fight in progress.  Officers made a quick response and determined the suspects already fled from the area.  While investigating the reported fight, officers heard several shots fired from what was determined to be the 200 block of West College Street.  Officers responded to that area and found the suspects already fled from the area.  No injuries or property damage were reported as a result of the incident.  The investigation is active and ongoing.   

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