Chicago man wounded by officer charged with attempted murder

March 3, 2020 GMT

CHICAGO (AP) — A man who was shot and wounded by a Chicago police officer after he allegedly exchanged gunfire Sunday with officers now faces attempted murder charges, police said.

Walter Dennard, 19, of Chicago was charged Monday with two felony counts of attempted murder in connection with Sunday afternoon’s incident in the city’s Little Village neighborhood, said Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Sally Bown.

Officers tried to stop Dennard after they saw him “acting suspiciously and walking,” holding something by his side, Fred Waller, Chicago’s police chief of patrol, said after Sunday afternoon’s incident.

Dennard allegedly fired at two officers after they went to question him and one officer returned fire, striking Dennard in the shoulder and leg, police said.

Both officers apprehended Dennard and police said officers administered first aid with a tourniquet.

Sunday’s shooting came two days after Chicago officers shot and seriously wounded man in a downtown train station after an officer spotted him jumping from one car to another in violation of a city ordinance and called for backup.

That incident was captured on bystander video and shared widely — video that Mayor Lori Lightfoot called “extremely disturbing.”

Cook County prosecutors on Sunday dropped criminal charges against the wounded man, who remained hospitalized Sunday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.