Shots fired, man arrested near Boystown

Darius McGee | CPD

Charges have been filed against a man who admitted to firing a gun into the air following an altercation near Boystown on Wednesday evening, according to police.

Officers first responded to the 3000 block of North Clark after a passer-by reportedly saw two men beating a woman in the street around 10:45 p.m. The caller told police the men began walking eastbound on Barry, and one of them flashed a gun when he told them to stop assaulting the woman, according to a CPD report.

While police were on the scene, they heard several shots fired just east of their location in the 700 block of West Barry around 11:12 p.m., the police report said. Cops rushed to the area and saw a man walking with his hands hidden, CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said.

The man ignored police orders to stop and tried to run away, but he fell to the ground and officers arrested him, according to Bartoli.

Darius McGee, 34, admitted to firing about three shots into the air, she said. He’s charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Police found several shell casings in the courtyard on the 700 block of West Barry and recovered a firearm, Bartoli said. Witnesses reported hearing men arguing in the courtyard before the shots were fired.

Judge Arthur Willis ordered McGee held in lieu of $50,000 and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit.

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