A Chicago man on parole following his conviction in a previous aggravated battery against a peace officer reportedly fired a gun at other Chicago police officers in a foot chase Sunday night.
Felton Williams, 32, was held without bail on Tuesday after his arrest on two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated assault and battery on a peace officer, armed repeat offender and aggravated discharge of gun.
The charges stem from an incident Sunday at West Garfield Park in which Williams allegedly fired a shot at police and was then shot in the leg in a retaliatory response.
According to Assistant State Attorney James Murphy, four Chicago police officers were on a routine patrol in an unmarked vehicle near the 4400 block of the West West End when they observed a black Infinity that was parked and appeared to be running.
Upon inspection, police realized the vehicle was unoccupied and saw Williams walk away from the scene, Murphy said. One of the officers told Williams they were cops, and Williams allegedly started to run away.
The officers ran after him, and one of them was able to grab Williams, but Williams pushed him back, according to Murphy. Williams then allegedly pulled out a black handgun and fired a single shot at a pair of officers, who went into hiding and were not injured.
One of those officers then fired back, hitting Williams in the right leg and grazing his buttocks, Murphy said.
Williams reportedly pulled the trigger on his gun several times, but no further shots were fired. He eventually fell to the ground and was arrested.
According to Murphy, Williams’ gun was discovered nearby in a batch, but his magazine was missing, which was later found near the shooting scene and contained 14 rounds.
The incident was recorded on cameras worn by officers, Murphy said.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Murphy said Williams pleaded guilty to a previous battery aggravated to a peace officer charge in September and was currently on parole.
Following the incident, Police Superintendent David Brown said on Monday that 64 CPD officers were shot or shot in 2021. Of these, 14 were in fact shot.
Williams is due to return to court on December 13.
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