Nov 4, 2017
Belleville, IL – A juvenile was charged with murder after he accidentally shot and killed his friend as the pair opened fire on an occupied home.
Investigators said that 16-year-old Quantez Jones and his friend, 18-year-old Deveon Hunt, were walking in an alley near a residence at about 10 p.m. on October 29.
Capt. Eiskant told the Belleville News-Democrat that Jones and Hunt were not familiar with the home or who lived there.
They decided to open fire into the residence.
Jones and Hunt were “staggered in their stances,” and Hunt was standing somewhat in front of Jones, Capt. Eiskant said. “Quantez Jones struck the victim, Deveon Hunt, with a round of ammunition, resulting in his death.”
No one inside the home was injured.
Belleville police received multiple 911 calls reporting the gunfire.
“Well, I heard some screaming and hollering and then I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” Linda Dowdy told KMOV.
Capitan Matt Eiskant told the Belleville News-Democrat that officers were on scene within one minute of the 911 calls.
Hunt was alive when officers first found him, but was pronounced dead at the hospital, KMOV reported.
Jones was arrested at an East St. Louis charter school and had a gun with him at that time. Another armed juvenile was also taken into custody.
Hunt’s father, Eric Deboe, told the Belleville News-Democrat that his son used to play football and run track, but that he quit attending school. Deboe said Hunt worked for Kentucky Fried Chicken for the past two years.
“He started getting in trouble…with the law,” his brother, Sir Deboe, said.
Hunt was on probation for aggravated battery and mob action.
Prosecutors told the Belleville News-Democrat that because the homicide occurred while Jones was committing another felony, he will be tried as an adult.
Jones has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm.