Man shot out woman’s tire in West Loop road rage incident, cops say

Devon Dortch | CPD

A West Side man is facing felony charges after he allegedly shot out a woman’s front tire during a road rage incident in the West Loop on Wednesday morning. No one was injured in the incident.

Police said it all started when a 21-year-old woman was cut off in traffic by a white 2011 Nissan Rogue on the first block of North Jefferson at 11:38 a.m. Then, the driver of the Rogue—identified by police as 23-year-old Devon Dortch—suddenly stopped his vehicle, causing the woman to crash into his back end.

Dortch got out of his car, approached the woman, and punched her car window before returning to the Rogue and grabbing a handgun while shouting threats at the woman, Chicago police spokesman Officer Ronald Westbrooks said.

Dortch then approached the woman’s car again and shot her front tire before driving away from the scene, according to Westbrooks.

Witnesses confirmed the incident to officers and provided cops with the Rogue’s license plate number.

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CPD’s plate-reading technology network detected the Rogue near Dortch’s home about 45 minutes later and officers went to investigate.

Police located Dortch and took him into custody after he admitted his involvement, Westbrooks said.

Prosecutors charged Dortch with felony aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle, misdemeanor criminal damage to property, and misdemeanor reckless conduct. Judge Arthur Willis set bail at $50,000 and ordered Dortch to go on electronic monitoring if he can post the mandatory $5,000 deposit bond.

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