Woman charged with attempted murder, pointing gun at Chicago cops

Lynn Resendez and a frame from Chicago police body camera footage. | COPA; Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have charged a 41-year-old woman with attempted murder of a Chicago police officer who tried to talk to her while investigating reports of a person with a gun on a South Side street.

Lynn Resendez, 41, is also charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer with a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Judge David Kelly ordered her detained as a public safety threat.

Both COPA, the city agency that investigates the use of force by CPD officers, and the police department’s press release announcing Resendez’s arrest stopped short of saying that she fired the gun at police during the September 2 incident, which was recorded by two cops’ body cameras and a city surveillance camera.

COPA said two officers tried to engage with an individual in the 9900 block of South Ewing while investigating reports of a person with a gun.

While walking away, the person “turned and pointed a firearm in the direction of the officers. Both officers then discharged their firearms in the direction of the individual, who then fled on foot,” according to COPA’s October 18 preliminary statement about the incident. No injuries were reported.

CPD said Resendez “produced a firearm and later admitted to pulling the trigger in the direction of a Chicago Police officer” in the 9900 block of South Ewing.

Prosecutors said police recovered Resendez’s phone, a pistol, and a can with Resendez’s fingerprints on it along the route she followed after pointing the gun at officers.

Police arrested Resendez on Monday.

Here is a compilation of video segments showing the incident. The full videos released by COPA are available below.

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