Records: Man accused of shooting at cops on Far North Side was acquitted of gun charge last summer

Gerardo Jasso | CPD

Attempted murder charges were filed Sunday against a reputed gang member who allegedly fired shots at a Chicago cop who approached him on the Far North Side this weekend. Court records show a judge found the man — who has several large gang-related tattoos on his face and neck — not guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm in July 2019.

Chicago cops were in full uniform when they saw 35-year-old Gerardo Jasso drinking on the public way in the 6200 block of North Artesian around 3:15 p.m. Saturday, prosecutors said. The officers reportedly recognized Jasso as a Latin King gang member from the neighborhood and approached him for a conversation.

Jasso ran into an alley while holding a firearm with an extended ammunition magazine, prosecutors said. According to the state’s allegations, the cops ordered him to drop the gun, but he continued running, then turned and fired shots at officers who were chasing him. Officers returned fire. No one was injured in the shoot-out.

The officers’ body-worn cameras and private surveillance systems captured footage of the entire incident, prosecutors said.

About 3 minutes later, police found Jasso hiding under a porch after a resident directed them to his hiding spot, according to prosecutors. Officers searched the path of the foot pursuit and found a 9-millimeter handgun under a bush.

Jasso admitted to possessing a firearm and to firing the gun, prosecutors said. He allegedly claimed that he was trying to scare off the person who was chasing him. 

Prosecutors charged Jasso with attempt first-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He has five felony convictions, all of which are driving-related. He also has a warrant for DUI in Kenosha, Wisconsin, prosecutors said.

Judge Susana Ortiz ordered Jasso held without bail.

According to court records, on May 28, 2018, Chicago police accused Jasso of having a gun after they approached him for urinating on the street about four blocks from where Saturday’s shoot-out occurred.

Prosecutors charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and a grand jury later returned a true bill accusing him of six felony gun charges, records show.

Jasso took the case to a bench trial before Judge Timothy Chambers in July 2019. Chambers found him not guilty on all counts, according to court documents.

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