The man accused of shooting a Chicago Police officer during a traffic stop earlier this week was previously charged with being a felon in possession of a prohibited firearm- but it appears prosecutors dropped the case several months ago.
The suspect, who is unidentified to the media due to lack of charges, remained at large until Thursday afternoon.
According to CWB Chicago, the victim, a 27-year-old female officer, was shot while attempting to pull over a vehicle on Wednesday.
At least two shots hit on the driver’s side of the vehicle, with one hitting the windshield and fragmenting – hitting the officer in the head, shoulder and neck.
Investigators issued a department-wide alert, identifying the suspect by name.
In October of 2020, the man was stopped for suspicion of DUI, and officers found a pistol in the vehicle he was driving. Due to his 2012 attempted robbery conviction, he was prohibited from owning a firearm.
However, the man posted a $500 bail deposit to go home and he remained on electronic monitoring until the state dropped all charges in February.
Prosecutors claimed the pistol had belonged to the car’s owner however, and that’s why the charges were dropped.
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