CHICAGO, IL – What began as a response to a call for help when a woman was found lying naked in the street, turned into a vehicular assault with a Chicago police officer being taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained from that assault.
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Ruben Dunning saw the scene unfold from his apartment window.
“I saw the older officer and he was trying to help the young lady,” he told CBS 2.
That is when she turned on the officer, setting the chain of events into motion.
“A lot of blood, trauma to the head, and it looked like he could barely walk,” Dunning continued. “I’m, I’m hoping that he’ll be ok.”
According to NBC 5, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters of the incident on Monday afternoon, just hours after it happened.
The officer was attempting to help the woman and find out why she was lying in the street.
“She charged at the officer, assaulted the officer, got in his squad car” and then ran over the officer. She “drove off, had an accident” and was arrested, Brown said.
“The officer was run over by this woman, legs received some type of injuries as well as a laceration to the head,” Brown added. “The officer is in the hospital being treated as we speak. We’ll get more updates as we learn more. We don’t know why the woman was laying in the street unclothed.”
The woman sped off in the patrol unit getting on the Eisenhower Expressway before crashing at Harrison and Damen, roughly 3 miles from where she ran the officer down.
According to police radio relays, a dispatcher told police that the woman may be armed. Officers radioed that she had wrecked out after she side-swiped 5 cars. She was transported to Stroger Hospital, the same location that the officer was taken.
She was treated for injuries and admitted for a psychological evaluation.
WGN reported that the original call was for “shots fired.” Police have not confirmed that. Dispatchers were heard asking patrol units to attempt getting eyes on the stolen squad car as they also attempted to get PH1 airborne. PH1 is the designator for CPD helicopter.
The officer was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and was released. As of this writing, the suspect is in custody but has not been charged with any crimes.
Welcome to Chicago: Routine traffic stop in erupts into gunfight after driver ambushes police officers
CHICAGO, IL – Jerome Halsey was pulled over by Chicago Police Department officers for driving erratically at high speeds and non-working brake lights.
He turned into a dead-end street at a rapid pace, then attempted to back up, being blocked by an unmarked SUV.
Due to Halsey’s behavior, officers got out of their vehicle with their weapons unholstered, according to Assistant State’s Attorney, James Murphy.
And the entire thing was captured on surveillance video.
Video shows a Chicago police traffic stop became a shootout in the blink of an eye last weekend, leaving a cop and the driver hospitalized.https://t.co/kUrDth1zO0
— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) June 14, 2022
Officer Erik Moreno, who was driving the pursuing vehicle approached the driver’s side of Halsey’s car. The door opened, the driver stepped out and opened fire on Moreno. He was struck three times, being hit in the shoulder, forearm and in the armpit area.
Officers returned fire, striking him in the chest and thigh. He is now recovering at Cermak Hospital in the Cook County jail.
Thankfully, Officer Moreno survived and recovered in an area hospital before being released.
Hundreds of officers line the sidewalk as Officer Erik Moreno is discharged from the hospital after being shot last week in the @ChicagoCAPS07 District. We are wishing him a speedy recovery at home. #CPDMediaCar. pic.twitter.com/aU6qc398et
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) June 12, 2022
His bail was set at $1M and he was charged with attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, aggravated battery of a peace officer, and aggravated assault of a peace officer.
But there is apparently more to Halsey’s story than him being alive or that he is facing charges of attempted murder of a police officer.
The 27-year-old had a weapons-related charge on his record.
As reported by CBS 2’s Tara Molina, on May 10, 2019, he was sentenced to one year of probation for a conviction on two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. He petitioned to have that conviction sealed and expunged. But neither action was ever applied to his record, and the conviction is still present.
According to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO), Halsey did file for expungement on March 30, 2022, for the August 2019 conviction.
“[Defendant] had a prior gun case, 19CR0838301 which occurred on 5/10/19 and he was charged with two counts of Agg UUW No CCL. On 8/29/2019, [Defendant] pled guilty to an amended charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon (720 ILCS 5/24-1(A)(4)) Class A misdemeanor and sentenced to 1 year probation. On 3/30/22, [Defendant] filed for expungement for the gun case. The record is unclear in the Clerks system as to what happened afterwards. However, [Defendant] had a valid FOID and CCL on the date of incident.”
The State’s Attorney’s office also stated:
“The case has not been expunged. The CCSAO filed an objection to the expungement and a hearing on the expungement is set for July 28th.”
But somehow, he managed toto be in possession of a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) and a concealed carry permit.
Let’s run through that again.
A man with a gun conviction was able to obtain a FOID and a concealed weapons permit.
A loophole. A state-created loophole.
“The FOID card has certain rules and regulations as to whether or not you can get one or whether it could be revoked,” said CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller, “and frankly, he slipped into a crack in the system.”
Miller detailed that Halsey was allowed to get and keep his FOID card because he was able to get his gun charge from 2019 downgraded to a misdemeanor. Convicted felons are unable to obtain the card, as are individuals convicted of battery, assault, aggravated assault, or violation of an order of protection in the past five years.
The only misdemeanor that has an impact on FOID status is domestic violence.
State law allowed Halsey to both obtain and maintain his ID.
“I would call it a loophole, but it was a loophole clearly designed by the General Assembly in posing this statute,” Miller added. “The fact that a person with a FOID card did these crimes doesn’t surprise me at all. It happens every day. I was a former prosecutor, defense attorney. I’ve seen all of this.”
Regardless of the status of Halsey’s gun ownership, the fact remains that he is alleged to have attempted to murder at least one officer in the act of this shooting.
If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of anywhere from 45 years to natural life.
Officer shot in unprovoked attack from driver he was trying to assist – random strangers save his life
SAN DIEGO, CA – Still not convinced there’s a war on cops in this country?
Hardly a week goes by that a law enforcement professional isn’t physically assaulted while on duty somewhere and this week the focus is on an unprovoked attack along a major freeway in San Diego.
On Wednesday, a seven-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol was attacked and shot as he was assisting a motorist who had crashed his car on the heavily traveled Interstate 8 in San Diego.
Tony Pacheco was shot in his right thigh after the driver of the wrecked car lunged at him in an “unprovoked attack” and tried to take his gun, CHP officials said Thursday. The gun fired once during a struggle between the two men, wounding Pacheco.
The man who authorities said attacked Pacheco has been identified as 25-year-old Yuhao Du of San Diego. He now faces charges of first-degree attempted murder, assaulting a police officer with a firearm, taking an officer’s firearm and causing great bodily injury, authorities said.
GOOD CITIZENS: Bystanders in San Diego detained a man that shot a CHP Trooper and provided aid to the Trooper.pic.twitter.com/MV6YpMEfy3
— Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) April 29, 2022
Du was arrested at about 6:30 p.m., shortly after the shooting on the eastbound side of Interstate 8 in the Mission Valley area, CHP Capt. Michael Harris said during a press conference Wednesday evening.
While Pacheco’s name is added to an ever-growing list of officers being attacked, this story also proves that there are countless people in America who support police and are willing to assist when an officer is in trouble.
Harris told the media that Du was taken into custody through the extraordinary assistance of other drivers who stopped when they saw the roadside battle.
The shooting happened as Pacheco approached Du as he stood in the center median in front of his car. Du was the only person involved in the wreck.
When Pacheco got near Du, he “suddenly attacked the officer,” according to CHP. The driver tried to grab Pacheco’s gun and the officer fought back, struggling to hold onto his weapon. During that fight, the gun fired once, hitting Pacheco in the leg.
In a news conference late Thursday afternoon, CHP said that it remained unclear who fired the pistol during during the struggle.
Pacheco was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest, where he was initially listed in “serious but stable” condition. He has since been upgraded to “stable,” CHP Capt. Taylor Cooper said.
The CHP praised the passing motorists who stepped in to help Pacheco after he was disabled by the gunshot wound. The CHP issued a press release thanking them:
“Several passing motorists stopped to assist the injured officer by providing medical aid and restraining Du until additional law enforcement arrived.”
CHP Chief Scott Parker also wrote:
“I am extremely grateful for the members of the public who put themselves in harms way to help our officer after he was shot in the leg. This incident could have ended in a greater tragedy had those individuals not intervened. … Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and his family as he recovers from his injuries.”
A video of the Good Samaritans at work was posted to social media on Thursday. In it, one group of men appears to be holding the suspect at knifepoint while another group renders aid to Pacheco before California Highway Patrol troopers arrived on scene.
Capt. Cooper said he visited Pacheco at the hospital Wednesday night and found that he was in a lot of pain but in good spirits. Cooper said Pacheco was very grateful for the public’s assistance and for the response from law enforcement. He is expected to be released from the hospital in a day or two, Cooper said, adding:
“Tony is very lucky to survive. Without the public, this may have [had] a different outcome.”
The San Diego Police Officers Association, a union representing local officers, shared a GoFundMe campaign for Pacheco on Thursday that has surpassed its $25,000 goal with a total so far of $27,215.
The fundraiser’s organizer, Marc Hale, wrote that:
“His injuries will require a lengthy rehabilitation and potential surgeries.”
Hale added that the funds will pay for childcare costs, meals and transportation for Pacheco’s family members while he is off the job and rehabilitating.
Officer Pacheco wrote a message on the page to his supporters:
“My wife and I are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support we have received. We’d like to thank everyone who has assisted us during this difficult time. From the donors, to the hospital staff, coworkers, friends, family, law enforcement, and everyone who assisted on scene. Thank you for all the love and support.”
Capt. Cooper said police are investigating whether mental health issues, drugs or alcohol played a part in Du’s attack on the officer. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call CHP Investigative Services at 858-650-3620.
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