Two men from the Avondale neighborhood are facing charges in connection with an incident after Tuesday’s Cubs game that involved an off-duty Chicago police officer firing his weapon.
Police say the off-duty officer saw a disturbance in the 3700 block of N. Kenmore around 10:40PM and several people were pointing in the direction of 24-year-old Hector Mendoza and telling him to stop.
Believing that a robbery was under way, the officer tried to detain Mendoza.
When he did, Sergio Hernandez, 26, “ambushed” the off-duty cop and began to beat the officer along with Mendoza, CPD said in a statement this afternoon. The off-duty officer fired one shot during the brawl, witnesses said.
Investigators later determined that a woman’s jacket was stolen inside of Wrigley Field and she confronted Mendoza to get it back. When she did, Mendoza fled north on Kenmore, police said.
Police say they have confirmed that Mendoza used the woman’s credit card to purchase items inside of the stadium.
Mendoza is charged with felony attempt to disarm an officer, felony theft, felony aggravated battery of a police officer, and felony use of a credit card.
Hernandez is charge with felony aggravated battery of a police officer.
Bail for each man is set at $250,000.