On parole for gun charge after Loop police shooting, man is now accused of firing off rounds in a suburban subdivision

Chicago — One year ago, Jesse Sanchez was sitting in the backseat of a stolen car when a guy in the front passenger seat allegedly opened fire on an approaching Chicago police officer in the Loop. You may remember the video.

Sanchez didn’t shoot at the cop, but the guy who did was quickly shot by police. And prosecutors charged Sanchez with having another gun in the car.

He pleaded guilty this summer in exchange for a one-year sentence, which resulted in no prison time after he received credit for time served and the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction. He remained on an ankle monitor as a condition of his parole.

In fact, he was wearing the ankle monitor last Thursday afternoon when, according to a report by Lake & McHenry County Scanner, he allegedly fired shots from a ghost gun while walking in north suburban Grayslake.

Jesse Sanchez (2022) | Chicago Police Department

Sanchez left his girlfriend’s home around 12:30 p.m. after an argument and then started firing shots into the air while walking between houses in the 300 block of Clarewood Circle, which lies in an otherwise quiet subdivision where two-story homes line winding streets with tidy piles of leaves dotting the curb on Google Street View.

Police reviewed surveillance video and spoke with witnesses, including Sanchez’s girlfriend, before arresting him, the report said. Police allegedly found a loaded 9-millimeter ghost gun in his pocket.

He is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and felony three gun possession counts.

Sanchez remains in the Lake County jail as of Wednesday morning. According to the sheriff’s office, he must post a $50,000 bail deposit to get out.

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