Electronic monitoring for man CPD says shot toward on-duty cops

Jose Rico | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — The man accused by the Chicago Police Department of firing a handgun toward officers in West Englewood on Tuesday afternoon was ordered released on electronic monitoring during a detention hearing yesterday, according to court records.

Prosecutors did not ask Judge Ankur Srivastava to hold Jose Rico, 26, as a public safety threat, and they did not charge him with shooting at anyone, the records show.

Rather, he is charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, once as a felony and again as a misdemeanor.

CPD said in a media statement that officers responding to a call of a suspicious person in the 6100 block of South Wood saw Rico and believed he matched the description of the suspect.

No officers were injured, and the police did not return fire, according to CPD.

The statement said Rico pulled out a handgun and fired one shot toward officers as they approached him, then ran away. Cops set up a perimeter and located him a few minutes later during a systematic search of the area, police said.

In Rico’s arrest report, officers said Rico fired toward two police officers and ran away. They said one of those officers identified Rico as the shooter and stated a .38 Special revolver during his arrest.

In a separate matter, Judge Srivastava ordered Rico to be held in lieu of a $2,500 bail payment on an outstanding warrant from the suburbs, according to court records.

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