CHICAGO — A Cook County judge set bail at $10 million for a man accused of shooting at two Chicago police officers who chased him after witnessing a suspected drug transaction.
Shaquille Parker, 30, remained hospitalized for treatment of a gunshot wound he received when one of the officers returned fire as they chased him through a gangway on Sunday evening.
Officials said two Chicago cops wearing police stars and vests were patrolling the 7100 block of South Cornell when they saw Parker conduct a hand-to-hand drug deal around 6:45 p.m. He ran when they got out of their unmarked car and asked him to come closer, Assistant State’s Attorney Anne McCord said during a bail hearing on Wednesday.
Believing Parker had a gun in his left hand, the officers chased him into a gangway and repeatedly ordered him to stop.
While still running, Parker twisted his body to the left, pointed a gun at the officers, and shot in their direction, McCord said, according to a transcript of the bail hearing.
She said one of the officers fired back, striking Parker in the right side. He ran behind a house and fell to the ground. Police found a .40-caliber handgun near him. Laboratory tests determined it ejected two shell casings found at the shooting scene, McCord alleged. Parker is also accused of possessing suspected MDMA and cannabis.
At the hospital later, Parker “admitted to running from the police while in possession of a gun and drugs,” McCord said, according to the transcript.
Neither officer was injured. Their body cameras recorded the events, McCord said.
Parker was convicted of felony second-degree assault in Nebraska in 2014. Locally, he was convicted of misdemeanor resisting arrest in 2019. Prosecutors dropped a 2021 felony drug case five weeks after it was filed, according to court records.
Before setting the $10 million bail, Judge McCarthy noted that Illinois law prohibited her from holding Parker without bail because he was not present in the courtroom. The state’s no-bail request will be considered at his next court hearing.
He is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and two felony drug violations.