As Brookfield police enter the second month of their investigation into the fatal shooting of 33-year-old Michael Smith on Jan. 27, the village police chief says detectives are still actively investigating the case.
“We’re still pursuing new leads, but I can’t go into anything further than that,” said Chief James Episcopo. “I’m still encouraged that we’re getting new leads a month later, but it’s a slow process.”
Smith was gunned down as he sat in his car in front of his home in the 3600 block of Forest Avenue around noon on Jan. 27. The employee of a suburban security firm, Smith reportedly had testified in a criminal case that morning.
Police have not released any details about that case or who else it involved.
Smith had just pulled his car to the curb at the intersection of Forest and Grant avenues when a blue vehicle pulled up next to Smith. Someone inside that vehicle fired eight or nine shots at point-blank range into the driver’s side window of Smith’s vehicle, killing him.
Police, on Jan. 29, reported recovering the blue vehicle involved in the shooting. Episcopo said the car, which was not reported stolen, was located by police in Chicago. Illinois State Police processed the vehicle for evidence.
Episcopo said Brookfield police have interviewed people, in addition to family members, about the incident. No one is in custody for the shooting, however.
“We have talked to people, but when you don’t have anyone in custody you can release next to nothing,” said Episcopo.