Man shot at cops who were trying to get his ex-girlfriend’s dog back, prosecutors say

Kenneth Olugbode in 2015 | CPD

Chicago police were trying to help a woman get her stolen dog back from her ex-boyfriend when the man opened fire on the cops in Rogers Park this week, prosecutors said Thursday.

Kenneth Olugbode, 31, remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds he received when officers returned fire on the 6900 block of North Ravenswood around 4:56 p.m. Tuesday, according to Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy.

Olugbode is also wanted on a second-degree murder warrant by authorities in Louisiana, a Chicago police officer said during the hearing.

Murphy said the events leading up to the shooting began Sunday when Olugbode drove his ex-girlfriend to run errands in his car. The next day, Olugbode allegedly went to the woman’s home, pulled out a gun, and waved it around as he accused her of stealing money from him the day before.

He then ordered the woman into his car and drove her to his home, where he ordered her to look for his missing money, Murphy said. The woman said she found an opportunity to run from the home and called police for help.

Olugbode drove away before police arrived. But as cops talked with the woman, Olugbode allegedly sent her a video that showed her dog in his car.

He threatened to kill the dog or put it in the trunk if she didn’t bring his money back, Murphy alleged.

On Tuesday, the woman contacted a police officer who handled the earlier incident and said Olugbode was trying to meet with her again.

Officers met with the woman, and she guided them to potential rendezvous locations. Murphy said that as police drove the woman through Rogers Park on Tuesday afternoon, Olugbode’s car passed them in traffic. Officers tried to pull him over, but he allegedly continued driving at a slow speed.

Cops eventually boxed Olugbode’s car in and ordered him to show his hands, Murphy said.

Chicago police recovered this gun and ammunition magazine at the scene of Tuesday’s shooting, according to a CPD spokesperson | CPD

Instead, Olugbode stepped out of his car, stood behind the passenger door, and fired two shots at officers, according to Murphy.

Three cops fired back at least 19 times, striking Olugbode in the shoulders, hip, and hand, Murphy said. Olugbode is in serious condition but stable condition at St. Francis Hospital.  No officers were shot.

The entire incident was captured on the officers’ bodyworn camera, he continued: “You can clearly see the two muzzle flashes from the defendant as he’s firing.”

Cops administered first aid to Olugbode until fire department personnel arrived, CPD said in a statement this week.

Prosecutors charged Olugbode with three counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer and felony aggravated unlawful restraint.

Judge Susan Ortiz ordered him held without bail. She also ordered him held without bail on the Louisiana warrant.

Olugbode received concurrent 6-1/2-year sentences for manufacture-delivery of cocaine. He previously served prison time for narcotics in 2014, being a felon in possession of a weapon in 2011, and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm in 2006.

The woman’s dog has not been found.

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