Here's the text. So are the Chicago Police (or their prosecutors, I suppose) starting to read the McDonnell writing on the wall?
What is the Firearm Owner's Identification Card? Is that for long arms only?
Man shot by resident after breaking into home during cop chase
June 3, 2010 9:38 AM
A South Austin resident shot and wounded a man who crashed through the window of his home while fleeing police early this morning, officials say.
The resident had a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card and police are not pursuing charges against him, police said.
This is the second time in little more than a week that police have chosen not to pursue charges against someone who shot an intruder, despite Chicago's ban on handguns. On May 26, an 80-year-old East Garfield Park homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar.
In today's incident, Aaron Marshall was pulled over by police for a traffic violation in the 300 block of North Pine Street in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side shortly after midnight, according to Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.
Marshall, a convicted felon, jumped out of his car and led officers on a foot chase as he dropped a large quantity of narcotics, Kubiak said.
Marshall crashed through the front window of a home on the 300 block of North Long Avenue, Kubiak said. When police showed up at the home, they found the man shot in the chest, apparently with a revolver, Kubiak said.
The residents told police they heard glass breaking and saw a man inside their home, Kubiak said. One resident told police he feared for his safety and shot the man, Kubiak said.
Marshall was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition had stabilized. He was expected to survive, officials said.
Marshall, of the 5400 block of West Monroe Street, has been charged with criminal trespass and drug possession, Kubiak said. He also was ticketed for failure to heed a stop sign and for driving on a revoked license.
Marshall's criminal background includes a felony drug conviction in 2009 and a 2007 conviction for felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, court records show. He also is a gang member with a lengthy arrest record, police said.
-- Carlos Sadovi