Police Involved Shootings

Gang Member goes on Trial for Shooting ATF Agent in the Face

(Tribune) Shortly after shooting a plainclothes federal agent he allegedly mistook for a rival, gang member Ernesto Godinez messaged a girlfriend to come pick him up near his South Side home, federal prosecutors say. When he got in the car, Godinez was sweating and out of breath. “I feel good. F— that flake,” he allegedly…

Video of Fatal Police-Involved Shooting of Murder Suspect in Lakemoor

(Sun Times Wire) Authorities on Monday released video of the fatal July shooting by police of a Pennsylvania murder suspect in northwest suburban Lakemoor.

The shooting was recently deemed justified by the Lake County state’s attorney’s office.

An officer on patrol about 5 a.m., July 26, 2018, noticed a car parked on a gravel access road that seemed out of place near Four Seasons Boulevard and Sullivan Lake Road, said Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli.

Kenneth Martell, 36, who was wanted in connection to a murder that happened three days earlier, rolled down his window and said he was resting during his journey “heading west” from Pennsylvania, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim said in a statement.

Martell gave a fake name and handed the officer a piece of paper to distract him as he pulled out a handgun, Nerheim said.

Martell pointed the gun at the officer and pulled the trigger, but it did not fire, Nerheim said. They then struggled for the gun.

A backup officer approached and saw Martell raise his hands, clutching a revolver, Nerheim said. The officer commanded the man to “drop it” before firing a single shot at his face, Nerheim said.

Martell was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy found he died of a gunshot wound to the face, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Toxicology results ruled he had amphetamines, methamphetamines and marijuana in his body when he died.

The video was obtained by FOIA request from the Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

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Man Shot by Alsip Police after Ramming Squad Cars

(Fox) A person was shot by a southwest suburban police officer after rear-ending two police squad cars Wednesday morning in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood on the Far South Side. About 3 a.m, an Alsip police officer fired shots at a male during what was described as an altercation at the intersection of 115th Street and…

3 Cops Wounded, Shooter Killed in South Elgin

(ABC) Three police officers were wounded in South Elgin Tuesday night and the man who police said fired the shots has died, police said. South Elgin police said officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 300-block of Woodridge Circle at about 10:50 p.m. When officers arrived, a man in a condo building…

2nd Man in Custody after ATF Shooting in Gary

(WLS) A man who had been on the run after the shooting of an undercover ATF agent in Gary, Indiana has been taken into custody, the ATF said Saturday. Bernard Graham, 25, of Calumet City surrendered to federal authorities at about 12:15 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.…

Back of Yards ATF Shooter in Custody

(WGN) At least one suspect is in custody in the shooting of an ATF agent in Back of the Yards last week, federal prosecutors confirmed Tuesday. A court hearing is slated for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., before Judge Maria Valdez. A full complaint will be available after…

Off Duty Dolton Cop Shot in Chatham

(Sun Times Wire) A 55-year-old suburban police officer was shot early Monday during an attempted robbery in the South Side’s Chatham neighborhood. Darryl Hope, a detective with south suburban Dolton Police Department, was returning home from his shift to the 7600 block of South Calumet Avenue about 12:10 a.m. when two armed people approached him,…

Aurora Police Release Video of Fatal Police-Involved Shooting

  We have released video clips and still shots taken from a bank surveillance system and a video previously posted to social media that depict the exchange of gunfire between two of our officers and Santiago Calderon of Aurora. The shooting occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m. March 22, when two Special Operations Investigators followed a…

1 Dead, 2 Cops Injured in Aurora Shootout

(WGN) Authorities say a man has died and two police officers were wounded in a shootout in Aurora. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Thursday near Galena Boulevard and Lasalle Street. The Aurora Police Department says two special operations investigators followed a vehicle they’d spotted leaving a suspected gang house, and pulled it over. Police say…