Murder in Mattoon Early Friday


Published on May 17 2019 11:16 am
Last Updated on May 17 2019 11:17 am
Written by Greg Sapp

A man is dead after being shot early Friday morning in Mattoon.

A suspect is in custody.

Mattoon police say the victim was a 29-year-old from Mattoon. His name is yet to be released by authorities. 

The incident occurred at 1:10am at Sunrise Apartments on South 9th Street in Mattoon. Police were summoned due to a report of a disturbance. Officers found the victim on the floor of an apartment adjacent to a sliding glass door. The man had been wounded in the torso and was bleeding. Officers rendered CPR. The victim was taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center where he was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds.


An investigation followed that led to the arrest of Keith McGrew III of Chicago. McGrew was arrested at 7:30am after he was located on foot on the Lake Road, a few miles southwest of Mattoon. McGrew was taken into custody without incident.

McGrew indicated to authorities that he had come to Mattoon from Chicago last Saturday and that he was staying with a female at Sunrise Apartments. McGrew became an acquaintance of the shooting victim over the past few days. McGrew said he and the victim quarreled, so McGrew shot the victim.

McGrew is being held at Coles County Safety and Detention Center on a charge of first degree murder.