A fingerprint left on a discarded gun has led to an arrest in a case involving shots fired outside Tommy Nevin’s Pub in downtown Evanston during an early morning fight earlier this month.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says that officers responded to the report of a fight outside the bar in the 1400 block of Sherman Avenue about 12:54 a.m. on Saturday, May 7.

Officers at the scene were told that a man had discharged a handgun during the fight and left the scene in a vehicle. Officers tried to stop the car near Elmwood Avenue and Dempster Street, Dugan says, but the car didn’t pull over until two blocks away at Maple Avenue and Greenwood Street.

Unable at the time to locate any evidence that the driver, Isaac J. Roach, was involved in the incident, he was released at the scene.

Officers did recover a one spent 9mm shell casing from the street outside the bar, and on Saturday afternoon a citizen located a Lorcin 9mm handgun in a parking lot in the 900 block of Dempster Street.

Dugan says police were able to determine that the ammunition in the handgun was the same as the spent shell casing recovered outside the bar and the gun, he says, had latent fingerprints match the fingerprints of Roach.

About 11:17 p.m. Thursday, Dugan says, officers spotted Roach, 31, of 1032 S. Oakley in Chicago in the 700 block of Howard Street and took him into custody.

Roach was transported to the Evanston Police Department and charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and two counts of failure to have a valid fierarm owner’s identification card.

The Illinois Department of Corrections also issued a parole violation warrant for Roach because he was on parole at the time the offense occurred.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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