(The following is a joint press release with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office)
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Robert Marshall announced today that bond has been set for a Plainfield man accused of shooting his girlfriend’s brother in the abdomen. Andrew Durham, 23 (d.o.b. 10/10/1997) of the 5400 block of Dale Drive, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Kavita Athanikar set bond at $1 million with 10% to apply. Durham has been charged with one count of Aggravated Battery With a Firearm (Class X Felony) and one count of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm (Class 1 Felony.)
On June 25, 2021, at approximately 1:49 p.m., the Naperville Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call from a female subject who stated her brother was shot and needed an ambulance at Sheridan Court. Upon their arrival, officers found the victim lying on his back in the front doorway of the residence with an apparent gunshot wound to his left abdomen. The victim was immediately transported to a local hospital for medical attention. It is alleged that prior to the shooting, Durham and his victim were arguing outside the residence. It is alleged that at some point the argument turned violent and Durham pulled a gun on his victim and shot him. It is further alleged that after the shooting, Durham fled the scene. Durham was taken into custody a short time later following a brief high-speed chase. Late last night, officers executed a search warrant on the vehicle allegedly driven by Durham and recovered a 9 mm pistol.
“It is alleged that following an argument, Mr. Durham pulled out a gun, shot the man he was arguing with and fled the scene,” Berlin said. “Armed violence, as alleged in this case, has no place in our society and will be met with the full force and effect of the law. Thankfully, the victim is expected to survive his injuries. I commend the Naperville Police Department for their quick response and apprehension of the defendant in this case and I thank the Plainfield Police Department for their assistance. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Misura for her efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Durham.”
“We are very fortunate that this domestic related conflict did not lead to a senseless tragedy” Marshall said. “I am proud of the expedient response that we had to this incident that led to the alleged offender being taken into custody, without incident, within thirty minutes. I would like to thank the Plainfield Police Department for their assistance in apprehending the alleged offender and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their collaboration to bring charges in this incident.”
Durham’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 26, 2021, for arraignment in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.