Kewanee Police say no foul play involved in April shooting of 23-year-old man

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No foul play was involved in the gunshot death of a Kewanee man reported as "suspicious" in April, Kewanee Police said Thursday.

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The KPD said in a press release that the 23-year-old man apparently died of a self-inflicted wound. The investigation revealed that the man had researched suicide leading up to the incident.

The Kewanee Police Department and Kewanee Fire Department responded April 21 to a residence in the 400 block of North Grace Avenue for a report of a male subject that was bleeding from his nose and not breathing. Upon arrival, emergency personnel located the and found that he had a gunshot wound to the chest. The man was pronounced him dead at the scene.

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KPD, in the original press release, said the shooting was suspicious. In a followup call by the Star Courier last week, Welgat said the incident was still under investigation and police were waiting for autopsy results.

The Kewanee Police Department Investigations Division was notified and they activated the Henry-Mercer Investigative Task Force that is comprised of detectives from other area law enforcement agencies and the Illinois State Police. The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigations was also called to assist with processing the scene.

"Detectives conducted multiple interviews with witnesses, collected evidence, analyzed electronic devices including Brandon’s cell phone, examined electronic records, and executed several search warrants pertaining to this investigation," Police Chief Nicholas Welgat said in a press release.

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Additionally, an autopsy and forensic analysis of a firearm located at the scene were completed.

"The firearm belonged to the deceased and was positively identified as the weapon that was used in this incident," Welgat said. "The autopsy also concluded that (the deceased) suffered from a contact gunshot wound and died within seconds of the injury."

The Kewanee Police Department will continue to investigate any new information or leads relating to this incident. Please contact us at 309-853-1911 with any new information or leads.

"The Kewanee Police Department extends its condolences to the family," Welgat said.

He said there is help available if anyone has suicidal thoughts or tendencies. You can contact your local police department or healthcare facility for help or contact the National Suicide Prevention at 1-800-273-8255. There is also online help at

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