Chicago Officer Charged with Discharge of a Firearm in Off-Duty Incident

discharge of a firearm, weapons offenses, Rolling Meadows Criminal Defense AttorneyA 14-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department faces up 15 years in prison on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm, stemming from an off-duty incident that occurred last November. Cook County prosecutors allege the officer fired five shots in the direction of another off-duty officer from a suburban municipal police department when the suburban cop tried to stop the Chicago officer for driving drunk.

Dangerous Driving and More

According to court records, the Chicago officer and his off-duty officer friend were driving along 111th Street, when the off-duty Merrionette Park officer saw them nearly hit a street vendor. The Merrionette Park officer pulled alongside the erratic driver, showed his badge, and noticed the Chicago officer was holding an open beer. The officer followed the car when it pulled away, calling 911, eventually stopping behind the car near the Morgan Park police station. At that point, prosecutors allege that the Chicago officer got out of his car and aimed his gun at the pickup truck in which the Merrionette Park officer was riding. As the truck pulled away, the Chicago officer allegedly fired five shots at the truck, hitting the vehicle at least once.

The officer was released on $50,000 bond and has been on desk duty since the incident nearly a year ago. Interestingly, statistics collected by the Citizens Police Data Project show that the man has been the subject of at least 19 complaints since 2006, including last year’s shooting incident, but has not been disciplined as a result of any of them thus far.

Discharging a Firearm

Firing a weapon at a person or a vehicle that the shooter knows to be occupied by a person is considered aggravated discharge of a firearm under the Illinois Criminal Code. The offense is a Class 1 felony and is punishable by sentences ranging from probation up to 15 years in prison. Of course, firing a gun in a crowded city like Chicago is also very dangerous, as the judge presiding over the officer’s arraignment noted, “Those bullets could have gone anywhere. They could have hit a 9-year-old child.”

Legal Help for Weapons Charges

If you have been arrested on any type of weapons charges, contact an experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney. We will evaluate your case and assist in developing the best strategy for mounting an effective, responsible defense. Call 847-253-3100 today to schedule your free initial consultation at the Cosley Law Office and get the sound legal advice you deserve.



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