There is “good grief” wherein a family member grieves for a loved one who has passed on. For most people the wake and subsequent funeral of the deceased allows family and friends to express their sorrow and grief in a normal manner.
Usually that’s how it goes but last Sunday Oak Lawn police officers responded to a call that an armed subject was at Blake and Lamb Funeral Home on 103rd Street. When the officers arrived, a white man told them that a black man in a Chicago Bulls cap pulled a gun on him in the parking lot.
Guenter Jones, 51, who was at his mother’s wake at the establishment told the responding officers that when he walked out to his vehicle a white four door Cadillac pulled alongside his car and the driver of the Caddy put a gun in his face. For some reason, Jones, who resides in Crete, claimed that the assailant said “Gimme your sh.t” as he put the gun in his face. When Jones told the assailant he didn’t have anything, the man in the Cadillac took off.
The story began to unravel quickly with Jones changing key parts of his story. First, he said the offense occurred in the east lot but then changed the location to the south lot. In the original story, the assailant had a pistol but Jones changed that to a rifle according to police reports.
As the police continued talking to Jones, he added that there was a second man in the car and it was actually the passenger that pulled the gun. He also moved the second offender from the passenger seat to the back seat of the car as he discussed the ordeal.
According to the police, Jones didn’t have a great description of the alleged offenders or the car saying it was a 60’s Cadillac. He said he didn’t get a good look at their faces or the license plate. Nonetheless, the officers sent out a message in case a white Cadillac was in the area, while they checked surveillance tapes from the funeral home.
Police had allegedly smelled alcohol on Jones’ and were hoping to get a better idea of what occurred. The video showed that there was a white Cadillac that entered the parking lot and Jones had walked into the lot. According to the police, Jones moved his car from the east to the south lot, which may have been the reason for his confusion about which lot he was in during the ordeal.
While there was a Cadillac, the video showed the white car drive past Jones without stopping. According to police, the video shows that no individual approached Jones and a gun was not pulled on Jones.
The officers cancelled the alert in order to prevent an innocent man from being stopped. According to the report, twelve officers were involved in the incident.
To partially borrow a phrase from the Peanuts comic strip, “Good Grief Mr. Jones!”
(Editor’s note—–At the time of the report, we do not have any information to indicate whether Jones was charged with any crime for making the report).