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Man Grabs Chicago Officer's Gun

February 17, 2015  | 

Photo: Chicago PD
Photo: Chicago PD

A Chicago man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after police say he fired a gun at police Saturday evening while two officers were arresting him for shoplifting, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Thomas Thompson, 33, was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail in a bond court hearing Sunday.

Thompson was charged with two felony counts of attempted first-degree murder, disarming a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and retail theft, police said.

The incident took place at about 8 p.m. at a Walgreens store, according to police and court documents, when Thompson walked out of the store with a bag of vitamins he did not pay for and Walgreens security officials followed him outside to a parking lot.

Thompson began to run toward a car when he was confronted by two uniformed Chicago police officers who asked him for the bag. Thompson responded by punching the officers.

"A struggle ensued, and (Thompson) grabbed one of the officer's guns from its holster," Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Akash Vyas said in court.

He fired once but it didn't strike anyone. He "continued pulling the trigger" not realizing its clip had fallen out, Vyas said.

After the Walgreens guard managed to get the gun out of Thompson's hand, the officers were able to take him into custody, Vyas said.

The two officers were hospitalized for minor injuries, said Alexander, who said Thompson was able to fire only one shot.


Comments (5)

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Mike @ 2/18/2015 8:03 AM

It's called a magazine, not a clip. Stop learning words from tv and unintelligent music.

S.S. @ 2/18/2015 8:31 AM

So many things gone wrong here. Im not even gonna point them out. All Im gonna say is thank God the officer's are ok.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/18/2015 10:31 AM

Great way to escalate a relatively small crime into a major felony. Thanks to the store security guard for taking the weapon away from the bad guy, Great job!

edward smart @ 2/18/2015 11:59 AM

Hats off to the Security Guards. The majority of Security Guards are not armed or properly equipped. They should be they are Law Enforcements second line of defense.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 2/18/2015 5:50 PM

Fatal funnel it is called the officer stood right in front of the suspect which allowed him the space to grab the weapon and get it out. The partner should have hit the suspect either with a bullet or taser the suspect had utilized deadly force, lucky the magazine wasn't seated or the officer managed to hit the eject button which left one round in the chamber. Glad no one was injured hats off to the Security Officers.

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