Man flashed gun, gang signs at cops while waiting for red light to change in Edgewater, prosecutors say

A five-time felon is in hot water again after he allegedly flashed gang signs at two cops and displayed a handgun while waiting for a red light to change in Edgewater on Monday.

Buster Lacour | CPD

The officers, traveling in an unmarked car but wearing full police uniforms, were waiting for the light at 6100 North Sheridan when another car pulled up alongside them around 1:02 a.m.

When a cop looked over at the car, its front seat passenger threw up a gang sign and flashed a handgun through the window, Assistant State’s Attorney Sean Kelly said.

The officers pulled the car over, recovered a loaded handgun from the floorboard in front of the passenger, and arrested him, according to Kelly.

Buster Lacour, 37, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Kelly said Lacour was convicted of possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2002, identity theft and aggravated battery in 2007, violating an order of protection in 2016, and aggravated battery in 2017. He also has six misdemeanor convictions since 2012, Kelly noted.

Lacour’s public defender said he is married, has four kids, lives with his father, and served three years in the army.

Judge Charles Beach set bail at $35,000. That means Lacour must post a deposit of $3,500 to go home before trial.

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