Rogers Park: Man arrested for firing gun — on the exact day his parole ended

Sherwin Flowers | CPD

Sunday truly was the best of times and the worst of times for Sherwin Flowers.

It was the day his parole for narcotics and weapons charges ended.

It was also the day that he got arrested and charged with firing a handgun in Rogers Park.

The latest arrest is the third time he’s been charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun. That doesn’t include the time he shot a guy.

During a bond court hearing Monday, prosecutors said Chicago cops who were monitoring a CPD surveillance camera saw Flowers pull a gun out of his pocket and shoot at a car after someone inside the vehicle opened fire on him and some companions in the 7600 block of North Bosworth earlier this month.

According to the state’s allegations, the POD camera recorded video of Flowers firing three shots at the car before he ran away. Cops immediately recognized the 31-year-old because they had contact with him in the past, prosecutors said.

On Sunday, police were again watching surveillance cameras when they saw Flowers driving his 2018 Infiniti in Rogers Park. Street cops pulled him over, confirmed his identity, and arrested him for the November 3 shooting, according to prosecutors.

He’s now charged with Class X felony armed habitual criminal. 

In April 2019, Flowers pleaded guilty to three separate narcotics charges and being a felon in possession of a weapon in 2017. He received a 30-month sentence. But, after getting credit for time spent in jail and a 50% good behavior sentence reduction, he got out of prison seven months later. On Sunday, his parole ended.

At the time of the 2017 case, Flowers was on parole for a 2015 charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon, according to state records. And in 2006, he received a 10-year sentence for aggravated battery with a firearm.

On Monday, Judge Susana Ortiz ordered him held in lieu of $100,000 bail and ordered him to go on electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit bond. His private attorney said Flowers worked as a food service supervisor at Wrigley Field, although he hasn’t been working there lately due to COVID-19.

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