Chicago man charged in shooting of off-duty Merrionette Park officer


CHICAGO — A Chicago man is charged in the shooting of an off-duty Merrionette Park police officer. 

Darreon Thompson, 24, of Chicago is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, and unlawful use of a weapon. According to police, the off-duty suburban officer was driving to work around 5 p.m. Saturday, when a car in front of her, occupied by Thompson, would not allow her to pass.

When the officer attempted to pass, police allege Thompson swerved to stop her.

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The suburban officer pursued Thompson’s vehicle, with police saying two passengers exited the car and opened fire.  

A shootout ensued, with the officer suffering a superficial wound to the neck.

Police said a 43-year-old male bystander suffered gunshot wounds to both legs. 

Both were treated for their injuries and are expected to be OK.

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According to Merrionette Park police, Thompson is serving a two-year probation sentence for a 2021 gun conviction of aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon.

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