4-time felon who got shot while burglarizing Chicago insurance office gets 5-year prison sentence

CHICAGO — A four-time convicted felon who got shot by a Rogers Park insurance agent while trying to burglarize the victim’s business office two years ago has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Andre Shearer, 54, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary, which was reduced from burglary in exchange for the sentence. Prosecutors dropped other charges, including an escape from electronic monitoring case he picked up while awaiting trial. Judge Jennifer Coleman handled the sentencing, according to court records.

The insurance agent was still working at 1:45 a.m. on December 2, 2022, when he grabbed his gun to investigate a loud banging noise at the back door of his office in the 1900 block of West Howard. He encountered a man he did not recognize and fired several shots, officials said, and the burglar ran out the back door, which had been removed from its hinges.

About an hour later, a 911 caller reported that a man claiming to be shot was knocking on their front door in the 7600 block of North Rogers, about a mile away.

Chicago police went to the scene and found Shearer bleeding from a gunshot wound to his hand. He was wearing a winter coat with fur around the hood and a jersey bearing the number 4, just like the burglar, prosecutors said.

When cops asked Shearer what happened to his hand, he mumbled and then claimed that he shot himself, according to prosecutors.

Officials said that surveillance video at the nearby Howard CTA station showed Shearer wrapping a rag around his right hand in the train station vestibule shortly after the burglary.

Prosecutors charged him with burglary and two felonies for possession of narcotics because police allegedly found cocaine worth $3,000 and $100 worth of heroin in his book bag.

Andre Shearer | Chicago Police Department

He remained in jail until Judge Bryan Novy released him on his own recognizance on August 16, court records show.

Prosecutors filed escape from electronic monitoring charges a month later. Shearer wasn’t on the loose for long. Niles police arrested him for shoplifting on September 29, a charge he pleaded guilty to last week in exchange for a 77-day jail sentence, according to court records.

Shearer’s criminal history includes an identity theft conviction in 2018 and burglary convictions in 2000, 2008, and 2013, according to prosecutors.

His five-year prison sentence will be reduced to 2½ years for good behavior. It will be reduced further with day-for-day credits earned while he was in jail and on electronic monitoring.

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