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.
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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