#11: Man who shot cop and passerby hoped to be killed by CPD, prosecutors say

Prosecutors on Sunday charged a man with five counts of attempted murder after he allegedly shot a Chicago police officer who responded to calls of gunfire on the West Side this weekend. According to the state, Tracey Thomas Jr, 29, also shot at a passing car, striking its passenger, and narrowly missed shooting a Divvy bike rider in a ruse to draw police to the area.

Thomas has been AWOL on drug distribution charges since he stopped showing up for court appearances in September, court records show. He is the eleventh person accused of killing or trying to kill someone in Chicago this year while on bond for another felony.

Around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, a Divvy bike rider was traveling near the 200 block of North La Crosse when he heard a click and saw Thomas pointed a silver handgun at him, prosecutors said. Thomas allegedly fired a shot as the victim ducked, and the victim felt something pass through his clothing.

The bicyclist noticed a bullet hole in his clothing and then fled while Thomas racked the gun, which had apparently jammed, prosecutors said.

Minutes later, a woman was driving around the area searching for a parking spot when she heard a popping sound. She stopped, thinking that she had a tire problem, and her boyfriend got out to look for damage. As he did, someone shot the boyfriend in his buttocks, according to prosecutors.

The couple sped to a different area and called for help.

Meanwhile, a resident who saw Thomas firing at the couple called police, prosecutors said.

Two police officers and a CPD evidence technician were processing shell casings behind the resident’s home when they heard popping sounds and saw a bullet hole appear in one of their squad cars’ windows. All three cops dove for cover.

Other officers heard the gunfire and began chasing the gunman, who fled into a nearby home. From there, Thomas allegedly began firing at officers from a first-floor window. One officer was shot in her hand.

Thomas holed up inside the home and went on Facebook Live, where he admitted to shooting at people and pointed a chrome handgun at his own head, prosecutors said. He was taken into custody outside the home after a stand-off.

During an interview with officers, he allegedly said he shot at the Divvy biker and the car passengers to lure police to the area so he could shoot at the cops and ultimately be killed by them.

Police said they recovered this gun and ammunition from Tracey. | CPD

Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood said she believes Thomas has on-going psychiatric issues. He has no previous violent crime convictions, she said.

Court records show Thomas received a recognizance bond for narcotics distribution charges in September 2019. He violated the terms of bail last March and was put on electronic monitoring with another recognizance bond.

In June, Judge Ursula Walowski released Thomas from electronic monitoring, and he stopped showing up for court in September, according to records. Walowski issued an arrest warrant on September 16.

Judge Arthur Willis on Sunday ordered Thomas held without bail on a bond forfeiture warrant in the pending manufacture-delivery case.

The judge also ordered Thomas held without bail on the five attempted murder counts.

About CWBChicago 6555 Articles
CWBChicago was created in 2013 by five residents of Wrigleyville and Boystown who had grown disheartened with inaccurate information that was being provided at local Community Policing (CAPS) meetings. Our coverage area has expanded since then to cover Lincoln Park, River North, The Loop, Uptown, and other North Side Areas. But our mission remains unchanged: To provide original public safety reporting with better context and greater detail than mainstream media outlets. Our editorial email address is news@cwbchicago.com