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Man who shot at officer to judge: ‘I should have smoked his *ss’

Kentrell Pledger
Kentrell Pledger.  Credit: Chicago PD

A Chicago man accused of shooting a police officer lashed out against a judge on Tuesday, saying he should have just “smoked his a**” when he was held without bail.

According to CBS Local, 29-year-old Black Disciple gang member Kentrell Pledger told Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. that “Chicago Police shot at me first.”

Upon issuance of sentence, Pledger became aggravated as he was led away by deputies.

“He shot at me first,” he shouted “So get your story straight, dog. And for that, I should have smoked his a**.”

Pledger then told the African-American judge “You ain’t black, you’re white, bi**h.”

Pledger had posted a picture of himself with the weapon used in the attack only hours earlier, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Guy Lisuzzo.

CPD officers were on patrol in an unmarked vehicle when they saw Pledger walking down the sidewalk at 2:15PM Monday, fidgeting with his belt. When officers pulled alongside him to ask questions, he pulled a handgun from his pants and attempted to flee.

As police dismounted the vehicle to pursue him on foot, Pledger turned and fired twice at one officer, who was not injured and returned fire.

Unharmed by police gunfire, Pledger took off, hiding under a porch where police eventually found him.

Pledger, who left his .40 S&W handgun gun and shirt under the porch, admitted to shooting at the officer. In addition, CPD officers found what appeared to be heroin in Pledger’s wallet.

“Thank you for not shooting me,” Pledger said to the officers.

Pledger was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer, aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.


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