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After fugitive shot, killed in Antioch, McHenry and Lake county sheriff's deputies on paid leave

53-year-old was person of interest in Kentucky double murder

Gerald R. Boyes
Gerald R. Boyes

Four deputies from the McHenry County and Lake County sheriff's offices who were involved in the fatal shooting of a fugitive early Saturday in Antioch have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, officials said.

Florida police had been searching for 53-year-old Gerald Boyes for a parole violation and a stolen vehicle, while police from the McCracken County, Kentucky, sheriff's office said they had identified Boyes as a person of interest in the double murder of his father, Gerald Boyes Sr., and his father's girlfriend, Billie Potter.

When McHenry County and Lake County sheriff's deputies attempted to take Boyes into custody in the parking lot of Topper's restaurant on Route 173, Boyes brandished a handgun inside the vehicle and was shot by officers, said Lake County Major Crime Task Force Assistant Cmdr. Thomas Nugent.

Nugent said interviews with the deputies were scheduled for Tuesday. He would not comment on how many shots were fired or how many deputies fired without speaking to the deputies and receiving ballistics reports.

“I can't definitively say,” Nugent said.

The Lake County deputies involved included a 10-year and 11-year veteran of the force, Detective Chris Covelli said. McHenry County deputies on paid administrative leave have been with the sheriff's office for nine years and 23 years, Deputy Aimee Knop said.

The deputies were placed on leave, which is standard procedure after the use of force, officials said.

The Lake County Coroner's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding autopsy results.

According to a news release from McCracken County authorities, Boyes had rented a 2015 Ford Flex, and it was reported stolen when it was not returned. Kentucky police were working with officials in Jacksonville, Florida, where Boyes was last known to live, when they received word that Boyes had pawned his father's wallet at a Lake Villa pawn shop on Thursday afternoon, according to the release.

The investigation led officers to Topper's, where police said they saw Boyes getting into the stolen vehicle.

Police said Boyes had numerous felony convictions for armed robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, identity theft, fleeing and evading police and others.

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