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Ga. murder victim said husband repeatedly threatened to kill her

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Joseph Andrew Felton, Jr. (Courtesy: Henry County Police Department) Joseph Andrew Felton, Jr. (Courtesy: Henry County Police Department)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Police opened fire on a Georgia murder suspect who rammed a vehicle full of civilians and appeared to be holding a handgun as he tried to flee Sunday on Lake Shore Drive, the Chicago Police Department has confirmed.

The man, believed to be Joseph Andrew Felton, was not hit by any bullets fired by Chicago and Illinois State police, according to CPD.

Felton is a suspect in the murder of his wife, Sheray Felton, who was found dead Saturday in Georgia. She claimed in January he held her against her will and gagged her with a pair of basketball shorts, according to court records that also allege he repeatedly threatened her life.

Harvey police originally chased the suspect into Chicago, but a spokeswoman for the south suburban department denied its officers fired any shots, the Sun-Times is reporting.

Chicago police said gunshots were first fired by Chicago police and the state police after heavy traffic in the 2000 block of North Lake Shore Drive slowed the man's escape and he rammed a civilian vehicle.

Later, near the 2500 block of North Lake Shore Drive, police said the suspect appeared to be holding a handgun after he intentionally ran his car into a Chicago Police vehicle. That's when CPD said more shots were fired by Chicago officers as they approached to render aid.

At that point, Chicago police said the suspect's car had been disabled, and he refused to get out. That led to a standoff that closed Lake Shore Drive for nearly nine hours.

Felton, 43, was charged earlier this year in Henry County, Ga., with false imprisonment and simple battery, records show. Jim Wright, the district attorney there, declined Monday to discuss the specifics of that case.

But Sheray Felton sought a protective order against her husband at the time, explaining her ordeal and that she moved to Georgia from Chicago because of their past domestic issues.

She said she was making arrangements for the couple's 22-year-old son to visit, and that's when Joseph Felton allegedly attacked her, pulling off a wig that was sewn to her head, knocking her down and dragging her across the floor by her feet.

She said he picked her up and threw her on a futon, upset because their son was coming to visit. She said he cursed at her and made threats against their son.

When she tried to sit up on the bed, she said he pulled her back. She eventually urinated on the bed when he wouldn't let her go to the bathroom, she said, and she said she lay in her own urine for a few hours until Felton fell asleep.

She said he threw her to the floor the next day, leaving a bump on her head, because she refused to talk to him. She said he snatched the phone from her when she called 911. When police arrived, she said he refused to answer the door but she screamed for help.

That's when she said he gagged her with a pair of basketball shorts. Joseph Felton was arrested, she said.

Sheray Felton also sought an order of protection against her husband twice in Will County, in 2011 and 2013. She then described Felton as a jealous and controlling man with a violent temper who feared she would leave him, sometimes abandoning his job to look for her.

In both cases, the order of protection was eventually dismissed when no one showed up in court.

Felton also appears to have a history of violence in Cook County that reaches back decades and includes attempted murder charges in 1990 and 1999.

In the latter case he was sentenced to 13 years in prison, court records show. He was released in December 2010 but returned twice to the Illinois Department of Corrections for parole violations, records show.

Sheray Felton claimed in December 2011 she argued with her husband in a car on the way to Chicago about her new job. She said he accused her of taking the job, so she could meet new people and divorce him. She claimed he grabbed her work ID card and threw it out the car window before prompting her to spill a cup of coffee.

She said Felton pulled over to clean up the mess, and when she asked him to take her home, he told her "he was going to crash the car with both of us in it and kill us."

Last May, Sheray Felton said her husband repeatedly told her she would die.

"He will tell me he will kill me and my son if I try to leave him," Sheray Felton wrote.

Joseph Felton was charged in July with misdemeanor domestic battery in Will County, accused of slapping Sheray and pulling her wig off in a liquor store.

She told police at the time Felton's violence "had been increasing" and that he had spit in her face earlier in the day in Chicago.

That charge was also dismissed because of a lack of a complaining witness, court records show.

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