Update: Weapons charge filed against man who claims friend fatally shot himself in head

Garett Young | CPD

Weapons charges have been filed against a man who called 911 last Tuesday and reported that his friend had shot himself in the head in a Rogers Park apartment. And new details released by the police department add a fresh layer of intrigue to the case.

Police arrested Garett Young at an apartment on the 1300 block of West Greenleaf around 1:45 a.m., about 15 minutes after Young summoned first responders to the apartment, claiming that a friend had shot himself.

Officers found 24-year-old Samuel Wiener unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his head and recovered a handgun nearby, according to a police report. Wiener was pronounced dead a short time later at St. Francis Hospital.

Detectives continue to investigate Wiener’s death and the medical examiner is withholding a ruling on the case until police complete their investigation, according to records.

Samuel Wiener | GunMemorial.org

Young, 22, has not been charged with Wiener’s death. Instead, prosecutors charged him in connection with an incident that allegedly unfolded minutes before Wiener was shot.

A 26-year-old woman who lives downstairs from where Wiener was found told police she went up to the apartment because she heard Young “arguing with another individual.” Young displayed a handgun and threatened to shoot the woman, according to Officer Ronald Westbrooks, a CPD spokesperson. 

The woman told police about the incident when they arrived to investigate the shooting.

Prosecutors charged Young with misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault. Bail information was not immediately available, but Young is not listed as a detainee in the county jail, which indicates that he is free on bond.

Young lists an address on the 1300 block of West Greenleaf, but police would not confirm that he lived with Wiener.

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