Man shot cop in Lincoln Park minutes after kidnapping and threatening to kill woman, prosecutors say

An Elgin man was ordered to be held without bail Tuesday after Cook County prosecutors said he shot a Chicago cop in the face on a Lincoln Park strip mall parking lot as officers tried to help a woman he allegedly threatened to kill minutes earlier.

The officer, believed to be a 60-year-old man with 23 years on the police force, was released from Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center a few hours after the shooting unfolded around 3:30 p.m. Monday outside Ulta Beauty, 1000 West North Avenue.

Jovan McPherson and the shooting scene at 1000 West North Avenue. | CPD; Mark Weyermuller

Jovan McPherson, 23, of Elgin, is charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated battery of a police officer, kidnapping while armed with a firearm, aggravated unlawful restraint, felony resisting, and two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

The events leading up to the shooting began earlier Monday afternoon when a 21-year-old woman picked McPherson up in Elgin to run some errands downtown, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said. During the ride into the city, the woman spoke with the father of her child on the phone, which caused McPherson to become angry and take her phone away, according to Murphy.

McPherson pulled out a gun, pressed it to the woman’s side, ordered her where to drive, and threatened to kill her while continuing to hold the weapon to her body, Murphy said.

As the car continued down the Kennedy Expressway, McPherson allegedly forced the woman to exit at North Avenue by pulling on the steering wheel. She soon came across the strip mall at 1000 West North Avenue, where a police car was stationed due to recent mob-style shoplifting raids at Ulta Beauty, according to Murphy and a CPD source.

The woman parked and told McPherson she was going into Ulta. Murphy said he followed her into the store and began making a scene as the woman sought help from an employee. One store worker called 911, and another went outside to alert two officers in the squad car.

Ulta employees placed the woman inside a dressing room to get her away from McPherson, who was becoming more aggressive as police tried to defuse the situation, Murphy said. At one point, McPherson allegedly ripped an officer’s mask off and put them into a bear hug.

He then moved onto the parking lot where he sat in the woman’s car with the door open and told an officer, “I got a gun, too,” Murphy alleged.

“What? You want to fight?” McPherson allegedly asked the cop as a bodyworn camera was recording. “I’m not leaving. This is a good ass gun, too, bitch.”

When the officer yelled to other cops that McPherson had a gun, he allegedly said, “Y’all not going to get this. I’m too strong for this sh*t.”

He then pulled the gun from under his legs and pointed it at the first officer, who could see down the barrel of the weapon, Murphy said. The officer grabbed the gun and pushed it away from his face. Two shots rang out, and a bullet struck the officer’s cheek, causing a through-and-through wound to his face, according to Murphy.

“You will die,” McPherson allegedly told the officer, Murphy said, citing bodyworn camera records.

The other officers arrived at the vehicle and put McPherson into custody.

Murphy said McPherson admitted to shooting the gun but claimed officers fired at him first. However, Murphy said CPD officers did not fire any shots, and only two shell casings were found.

McPherson is on probation for felony aggravated fleeing and eluding and felony possession of a controlled substance in Kane County. He was adjudicated delinquent three times as a juvenile: for aggravated battery causing great bodily harm in 2012, for armed robbery in 2013, and for armed robbery in 2015, Murphy said.

A public defender argued that there is no evidence that McPherson intended to shoot the police officer.

But Judge Mary Marubio disagreed with that proposition.

Recalling that bodycam footage allegedly recorded McPherson telling the officer he will die “is very clear intent,” Marubio said. She granted the state’s request to have McPherson held without bail.

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