The man who is accused of trying to murder two Chicago cops at a West Side hot dog stand is on bail for a Florida home invasion where his alleged accomplice was shot during an exchange of gunfire with sheriff’s deputies, according to court records.
Kailon Harris-Caldwell put his hand in his pocket to get money to pay for a purchase at Original Maxwell Street, 3801 West Harrison, around 3:30 a.m. Friday. Prosecutors said a gun fell from his pocket when he pulled his hand out as a Chicago police officer stood nearby.
Harris-Caldwell picked up the gun and shot toward the officer’s head from close range, leaving the cop with a graze wound, according to the allegations. He then allegedly fired on the officer’s partner, who was seated in a marked patrol car on the restaurant parking lot. That officer suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.
Prosecutors said Harris-Caldwell ran from the scene, but police found him hiding nearby. He allegedly left his car and his phone at the restaurant, they said.
Harris-Caldwell is charged with two felony counts of attempted first-degree murder, felony possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor manufacture-delivery of cannabis.
He did not attend his bail hearing on Sunday because he was hospitalized with back pain, a police officer told Judge Kelly McCarthy.
McCarthy set bail at $1 million cash, meaning Harris-Caldwell must post a full $1 million in cash to get out of jail. State law generally bars judges from holding defendants without bail if they are not physically present for the hearing.
Harris-Caldwell has a pending home invasion case in Lake County, Fla., northwest of Orlando.
His alleged accomplice in that crime, Sebastian Bradwell, was accused of firing a rifle at Lake County sheriff’s deputies as they arrived at the home in June 2018. Deputies returned fire. Bradwell was shot but survived.
Harris-Caldwell was arrested at the scene of the alleged crime, which local authorities called a “targeted attack.”
The Lake County sheriff’s spokesperson called Harris-Caldwell and Bradwell “very bold and brazen and unfortunately that’s just a reality of the times we live in right now.”
Florida court records indicate that Harris-Caldwell’s bail was $30,000, and the case was set for trial this month.