Murder in Beloit

By: Alice Barr
By: Alice Barr

In Beloit one man is dead, while two others are in custody after a murder and a high speed chase.
Police are not saying whether the men in custody, one a Beloit resident, Byron Hedricks Stewart, are murder suspects. However, Stewart led police on a high-speed chase Monday then holed up inside a house.
Around 2:30 Monday afternoon, Beloit police responded to a shots-fired complaint in the 1200 block of 8th Street. They found one man dead inside the home. Police then spotted a vehicle witnesses saw speeding away from the crime scene.
"The vehicle fled from the officers to the area of Dewy and Henry where it lost control and crashed into a tree. The passenger of the vehicle was injured as a result of the accident and remained in the car. The driver fled on foot," says Captain Vince Sciame of the Beloit Police.
The driver, Byron Hendricks Stewart, then broke into a house in the 1700 block of Wisconsin Avenue and holed up inside for about an hour and a half. Police and a SWAT team surrounded the house and Stewart eventually came out and into police custody peacefully.
The homeowners were not in at the time. They say they do not know the suspect. The house appears to have been chosen at random.
One neighbor says she saw Stewart come running down her street, up onto the steps and nearly to her front door. She says he stopped when he saw a pitbull inside, then took off across the street.
"I was shaking. I was shaking a lot. My heart's been racing and yeah, I've been by, hooked to her hip and it just kind of scared me because I'm thinking all the stuff that's been going on over there could have been here," says Witness Tammy Cavallino.
"It was scary because you didn't know if he was gonna start shooting and having bullets flying everywhere," says Witness Sue Wade.
A friend says Byron Stewart has a history of arrests for shootings. Police are not releasing any information about the victim yet. Again, they have not directly linked Stewart to the shooting.
Beloit police are also not releasing the name of the passenger of the suspicious car yet. They say he is being treated for a leg injury at Beloit Memorial Hospital, where is under constant police supervision.


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