A Chicago cop who was patrolling solo took a two-time felon into custody after seeing him firing a gun in a Wicker Park intersection Saturday night, according to prosecutors and a source. Later, the two-time felon allegedly whined that the arresting officer got his “good gun.”
It all unfolded at the intersection of Division and Wolcott, just a couple of blocks from where a 7-year-old boy was shot Wednesday evening.
The officer was turning into the intersection around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when he reportedly heard between 12 and 15 gunshots. He looked down the block and saw a muzzle flash about 20 feet away as Gabriel Serrano continued shooting, prosecutors said.
The cop got out of his patrol car and ordered Serrano to the ground at gunpoint, according to prosecutors. Serrano, 30, allegedly threw the gun over a fence as he went toward the pavement. Officers recovered it along with 15 shell casings.
Serrano later admitted to having the gun and told investigators he was sad because “this is my good gun,” prosecutors said.
He is charged with Class X armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and reckless discharge of a firearm. He has previous convictions for robbery and illegal gun possession.
A public defender said Serrano has three children and lives with his girlfriend.
Judge Mary Marubio set bail for Serrano at $150,000, meaning he will need to post a $15,000 deposit to get out of jail. He will be placed on electronic monitoring if he posts bond, Marubio said.