Chicago Standoff Ends in Arrest of Georgia Suspect in Wife's Killing

Monday, 17 Mar 2014 10:32 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A Georgia man suspected of killing his wife was involved in a standoff with Chicago police over the weekend that lasted more than eight hours.

Joseph Andrew Felton Jr., 43, fled Henry County, Ga., Saturday after police found his wife dead in the couple's home. His car was then spotted around 1 p.m. Sunday in Harvey, Ill., and a massive car chase and armed standoff ensued, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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During the standoff and 20-mile car chase, Felton reportedly struck multiple vehicles, which caused minor injuries to a Chicago police officer, two civilians, and a 10-year-old child.

Felton eventually came to a stop after crashing on Lake Shore Drive just north of Fullerton, Ill., but stayed holed up in his car as officers attempted to negotiate with him.

The suspect, who was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery in July for allegedly slapping his wife, reportedly lived with her in the Chicago area until she moved to Georgia to get away from him a few months ago.

Felton's wife, Sheray, reportedly filed for an order of protection from her husband in May, but it was never approved because no one showed up to the court date.

"He’s a very controlling person, and she wanted to get away from the controlling situation," Nancy Mays, Sheray Felton's sister, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

It's not clear what the circumstances were surrounding Sheray Felton's death, but her husband is the prime suspect, the Sun-Times noted.

Joseph Andrew Felton Jr. ultimately surrendered to police shortly before 9:30 p.m. — more than eight hours after the standoff began.

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