MINOOKA, Illinois — A man who had just been released from prison hours earlier was shot and killed during a party celebrating his freedom, police in Illinois said.
Cops say Nathan Hofkamp, 29, had just returned home Friday from a two-year stint for theft and assaulting a peace officer, when “a disturbance broke out” at a party at his family’s home in honor of his release, the Will County Sheriff’s office said.
“Apparently someone inside the residence became upset and fired a shot striking the victim in the chest,” the police said in a statement.
Hofkamp was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.
Investigators later identified the suspect in the shooting as 65-year-old James Hess, a live-in acquaintance of Hofkamp’s mother.
Hess has been charged initially with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, while other charges are pending a review by prosecutors, cops said. He is being held at the Will County Adult Detention Facility awaiting a court hearing.