Chicago — When Chicago police and state troopers responded to a ShotSpotter gunfire alert on Wednesday evening, they were met with an unusual situation: A man wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet walked up to a squad car and got inside with a handgun sticking out of his jacket pocket.
That’s the story prosecutors told during a felony bail hearing for Salah Al-Hindi on Thanksgiving afternoon.
Officers responded to southbound Interstate 57 near 99th Street around 6:35 p.m. after a CPD gunfire detector alerted police to possible gunfire.
Cops found Al-Hindi’s car broken down on the side of the road, and they would later discover seven bullet holes in the windshield that appeared to be caused by someone shooting from inside the vehicle, prosecutors said.
But before the first officers even stepped out of their squads, Al-Hindi got out of his vehicle and immediately slid into their patrol car, according to prosecutors. They said Al-Hindi didn’t utter a word.
Officers seized the firearm that was sticking out of his jacket. It was reported stolen. But it was not loaded when the police grabbed it. Cops also found three shell casings inside Al-Hindi’s car, prosecutors said.
He was on bail for two separate felony cases for driving without a license, and he was wearing an electronic monitoring band, too, prosecutors said.
According to his defense attorney, he has four children and owns a towing company.
Prosecutors charged him with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Judge Barbara Dawkins said that he must pay $7,500 to go home on electronic monitoring while he awaits trial for the gun charge. Separately, she held him without bail until next week when the two judges overseeing his pending felony cases can review his bond.
Al-Hindi’s name is not listed as a participant of the Cook County sheriff’s office electronic monitoring program, which suggests his ankle monitor may be from a different program operated by the office of Chief Judge Timothy Evans. The judge’s electronic monitoring is typically used when defendants are ordered to observe curfews while on bail.