Deven A. Barger

In this image from the Illinois Department of Corrections, Deven A. Barger is shown. He was arrested Monday following a chase that ended in Taylorville.

SHELBYVILLE — Police are investigating the death of a Shelbyville woman and have arrested a 24-year-old man following a multi-county chase, authorities said. 

Officials on Monday started the homicide investigation of Samantha Cushing, 22, at a residence in the 100 block of North Will Street in Shelbyville. Police identified the suspect as Deven A. Barger, who was arrested after a chase. 

Effingham police Chief Jason McFarland said that just after 8 a.m. Monday, his department received reports of a person of interest in a homicide case traveling through Effingham in an attempt to flee authorities.

McFarland said the driver refused to stop, leading police on a chase that continued through Shelbyville toward Taylorville. Effingham police ended their pursuit and turned it over to Illinois State Police.

A 3-year-old child also was in the vehicle, officials said. After stopping the vehicle in Taylorville, police spoke with the driver, who was arrested shortly afterward, McFarland said.

Online court and state prison records say Barger was paroled Dec. 27 from Shawnee Correctional Center, where he had been held since July 11, 2017, after convictions in Shelby and Christian counties for aggravated battery to a police officer, felon in possession of a weapon, and aggravated fleeing from police.

Barger has the name Samantha tattooed on his neck, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

Shelbyville police Chief Dave Tallman declined to discuss the case. Shelby County State's Attorney Gina Vonderheide also declined comment.

The Shelby County state's attorney, sheriff's and coroner's offices are investigating the death. 

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