Police: Friend helped man remove bullet

Man arrested for theft

Published On: Mar 11 2013 03:12:37 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 08 2013 11:31:43 AM CST
Eleazar Tate

A man shot during an alleged theft in the Town of Beloit was found in Janesville, and police said a friend helped the man remove a bullet in his shoulder.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp said Eleazar Tate, 27, was found at a Janesville motel. Police took him into custody Wednesday at about 11 a.m. after staking out his room.

Kopp said Tate admitted to police that he and his friend stopped at a home in the 1900 block of Shore Drive on the morning of March 1 to see if a van was unlocked. He said he took three tool boxes and turned to see Jacob Davenport, 31, with a gun pointed at him. He said Davenport fired three shots and he was struck in the right shoulder by the second shot.

Tate then went to a motel in Rockford, where he and a friend removed the bullet and popped his dislocated shoulder back into place, according to Kopp. He said they then went to Chicago, where they bought medical supplies on the street to aid Tate's recovery.

Davenport had told police he fired because he feared the thief and driver would attack him with their vehicle. Tate denied any attempt to use the vehicle against Davenport, according to Kopp.

Tate was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Kopp said the district attorney's office is waiting for reports from the Town of Beloit before deciding whether to charge Davenport.