Unexpecting Maintenance Worker Shot Dead at the Fairways of Naperville Apartments
On the morning of February 4th, 2022, an unsuspecting maintenance worker for the Fairways of Naperville Apartments was shot dead. The suspect was soon identified as Xavier Caffey, and after a multi-hour-long standoff with authorities, Caffey surrendered and was arrested.
The city of Naperville, nearly 30 miles outside of Chicago, is an Illinois city known for its relatively low crime rate and is seen as a great place to live and retire. Similarly, residents of the Fairways of Naperville Apartments deem the area peaceful to live, noting that their neighbors are friendly. Unfortunately, February 5th showed how there are often exceptions to the rule.
Jeffery Churchill, a 41-year-old maintenance worker, reported to work that morning just like he did every other workday. While standing in a garage on the premises with another unnamed person, 30-year-old Xavier Caffey showed up. Without provocation, Caffey pointed his handgun at the other person in the garage before turning it to Churchill and pulling the trigger twice.
Around 8:30 A.M., calls started coming into the Naperville Police Department’s 911 center regarding gunfire at the Fairways of Naperville Apartment complex, located at 960 Fairway Drive. When police got to the scene, they discovered Churchill with a gunshot wound to his head laying motionless on the ground. Despite the attempts of both the responding officers and the Naperville Fire Department to save Churchill, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 9:19 AM.
At the scene of the crime, officers found a 9mm shell casing along with an unspent 9mm ammunition round. Luckily, with the help of a witness who stepped forward, the Naperville Police Department was able to identify the suspect who had immediately left the scene of the crime after killing Churchill “execution style” and went back to his residence.
After a multi-hour standoff with the Naperville Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team, Xavier Caffey surrendered to police and was arrested in the afternoon hours of the same day as the shooting. The next day Caffey appeared in Bond Court where his bond was set at $1,000,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned on February 28th, 2022, and is facing first degree murder charges. If he is found guilty, he will spend anywhere from 45 years to life in prison.