• Megann Horstead

Morris man charged in Louis Joliet Mall shooting


A suspect sustained non-life threatening injuries during a shootout with Drug Enforcement Administration agents Tuesday evening outside of the Louis Joliet Mall.

Adan Godinez, 31, of Morris, was charged in connection to what authorities say was a drug bust involving cocaine and obstruction of justice. The incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in a parking lot several yards away from the entrance to a Titled Kilt restaurant within the mall.

DEA special agent Leo Hawkins said Godinez and his accomplice, whose name has not yet been released by authorities, intended to sell 2 kilograms of cocaine to agents. The would’ve sold for approximately $70,000 on the streets, according to the DEA.

Hawkins said gunfire was exchanged when agents moved in to make the arrest.

“This something we practice and something we’re prepared for,” Hawkins said.

“There was no loss of life to the public, agents or task force officers.”

Godinez sustained a gunshot wound to the leg during the exchange.

“We administered aid to the offender that was shot,” Hawkins said.

Godinez was transported to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Agents recovered two guns from the scene, one of which was fired several times, according to Hawkins.

Grundy County records show that Godinez has three cases of criminal history in recent months, including a Class A misdemeanor for driving on a suspended license, a Class P conviction for driving without a seatbelt and another Class P conviction for speeding.

Authorities stated that Godinez has ties to a Mexican drug cartel.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Joliet Police Department.


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