The gun used in the shooting of three Chicago police officers last week has been linked to a former Chicago officer who later joined a police force in the northern suburbs, the Tribune has learned.
Chicago police now are trying to figure out how the gun — originally purchased by a man who until Friday was a Lake County sheriff’s deputy — ended up in the hands of 29-year-old Lamar Harris, a convicted felon with dozens of arrests who was killed in the shootout with police.
Multiple law enforcement sources confirmed that authorities investigating the shooting have traced the weapon that wounded the three officers back to the deputy.
That officer was fired from his job with the Lake County sheriff’s department Friday after being placed on leave two days earlier, Rich Bruno, vice president of the Illinois Council of Police, the union representing the deputies, confirmed.
The county was not required to give a reason for the termination because the 27-year-old deputy was within a 12-month probationary period for new officers, Bruno said.
The union official said he wasn’t privy to all the facts of the investigation into the shooting of the Chicago officers, but he added: “In regard to that incident, (the ex-deputy) had no involvement.”
Bruno did not directly address whether he was told that investigators had traced the gun to the fired deputy, but he said: “To the best of my knowledge, (the gun) was reported stolen.” He did not say when the report was made or by whom. Continue Reading
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