CPD sergeant found not guilty of shooting at thieves who stole her car

Oneta Sampson appears in a 2017 Fox Chicago news report. | Fox 32

A veteran Chicago police sergeant has been found not guilty of recklessly discharging her firearm by allegedly shooting at juveniles who stole her SUV during an off-duty incident in suburban Evergreen Park.

Judge Steven Rosenblum made the not guilty finding after a short bench trial on Tuesday, according to court records. Rosenblum’s handwritten notes show officer Oneta Carney took the stand during the trial. Prosecutors called just two witnesses, including the Evergreen Park police officer who arrested Carney.

Carney and her husband were loading purchases into their 2022 Toyota 4Runner at Sam’s Club, 9400 South Western Avenue, when three males asked if they needed help around 6:45 p.m. on October 30 last year.

One of the males opened the SUV’s driver’s door, climbed in, and drove away with the vehicle.

The driver momentarily stopped the car so one of the others could climb inside, and Carney fired at the vehicle as it started moving again, prosecutors said. The bullet reportedly struck the ground behind the car.

Prosecutors said none of the males threatened Carney or her husband, and none of the offenders displayed any weapons.

The officer’s stolen car made its way to the Loop, where it crashed as on-duty officers tried to pull it over about two hours later. Five juveniles were arrested.

About two hours after Carney’s vehicle was stolen, on-duty Chicago cops spotted the SUV in the Loop and tried to pull it over on the 200 block of West Wacker Drive. The vehicle crashed into another car, and six males fled from the stolen SUV. Police said a 26-year-old man and five juveniles were taken into custody.

Four juveniles were charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle, and one was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated fleeing and eluding. The adult was not charged.

A source told CWBChicago last year that some of the juveniles were only 11-years-old.

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