Chicago man accidentally shot himself one day after being released from jail on a gun charge: prosecutors

Cortez Williams | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a Chicago man shot himself in the leg one day after he was released from jail to await trial for allegedly possessing another firearm.

Cook County sheriff’s deputies arrested Cortez Williams, 21, for allegedly possessing a loaded pistol in the 5300 block of West Washington on September 14. He posted a $700 bail deposit and went home the next day.

And, prosecutors now say, he shot himself the day after that.

Chicago police officers responded to the 500 block of North Kilpatrick on September 16 and found Williams with a gunshot wound to his left calf, according to a CPD case report. Williams told the cops he had a gun in his car, and it discharged, striking him in the leg, the report said. He dumped the firearm nearby.

Officers allegedly found a loaded handgun by following a blood trail that led from Williams to a nearby lot.

After waiting a couple of months, prosecutors charged Williams with reckless discharge of a firearm and possessing the handgun cops allegedly found at the end of the blood trail.

Judge Sophia Atcherson released him from custody with a nighttime curfew and instructions to stay away from firearms, according to clerk of court records.

Williams is the 29th person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone in Chicago this year while awaiting trial for a felony. The cases involve at least 45 victims (including Williams). Fifteen of the others died.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others awaiting trial for a felony allegation. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “We haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.

The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people awaiting trial for felony allegations is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has brought charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data.

#1: Chicago man stabbed, beat roommate to death while awaiting trial for burglary, prosecutors say (February 18, 2023)

#2: Attempted murder charge for woman who randomly stabbed victim while on bail for randomly stabbing other people (March 5, 2023)

#3: She tried to kill a woman while on bail for trying to kill yet another woman, prosecutors say (April 7, 2023)

#4: Mayou’llged with killing woman while on felony bail after Chicago cops gather a mountain of video evidence, prosecutors say (April 7, 2023)

#5: Convicted murderer killed 2, wounded 1 while on electronic monitoring for gun possession, prosecutors say (April 18, 2023)

#6: Man killed 1, tried to kill another while on felony bail, prosecutors say (April 29, 2023)

#7: Man shot good Samaritan who went to check on him inside wrecked, smoking car, prosecutors say (May 5, 2023)

#8: 4 people, all with extensive juvenile criminal backgrounds, killed off-duty Chicago cop during armed robbery: prosecutors (May 10, 2023)

#9: Man accidentally shot front seat passenger while handling gun in car’s back seat, prosecutors say (May 23, 2023)

#10: Chicago man shot his brother because he was ‘tired of’ the sibling, prosecutors say (June 3, 2023)

#11: Chicago man killed robbery victim while on electronic monitoring for another robbery case: prosecutors (June 5, 2023)

#12: Man shot at, tried to kill Chicago cops while on parole and felony bail, prosecutors say (June 8, 2023)

#13: Seven-time felon shot a long-time friend, ‘firing round after round,’ while on felony bail, prosecutors say (July 11, 2023)

#14: Man on bail for machine gun possession opened fire on pedestrians, shooting a 16-year-old, officials say (July 13, 2023)

#15: Hitman killed target while on bail for trying to disarm a cop, prosecutors say (July 22, 2023)

#16: Brothers shot two women during family gathering in Bronzeville, prosecutors say (August 3, 2023)

#17: Drive-by shooter killed 1, injured 4, and accidentally shot an accomplice while on bail for machine gun possession, prosecutors say (August 25, 2023)

#18: Man tried to kill 2 Chicago firefighters while on bail awaiting new trial for a 2005 murder case, prosecutors say (September 14, 2023)

#19: 3 charged in armed robbery turned shooting in Homan Square (September 2, 2023)

#20: Woman who stabbed girl to death in the Loop was awaiting trial for robbing Red Line passenger, prosecutors say (October 7, 2023)

#21: Chicago man fired shots at two people while on bail for a felony gun case, prosecutors say (October 16, 2023)

#22: 17-year-old cut off ankle monitor, killed a man at South Side gas station: prosecutors (October 27, 2023)

#23: Chicago man viciously stabbed ex’s new boyfriend while on bail for a felony gun case: prosecutors (October 28, 2023)

#24: Chicago man fired into a crowd of people, killing 1 and injuring another, while on bail for a Class X gun charge: prosecutors (November 7, 2023)

#25: Man chased down, killed woman while on bail for stolen motor vehicle and firearm allegations: prosecutors (November 10, 2023)

#26: Chicago man shot another man while on bail for a Class X felony gun charge, prosecutors say (November 24, 2023)

#27: ‘Kia boy’ murdered 2 people while awaiting trial for stolen vehicle case, prosecutors say (December 19, 2023)

#28: Man shot acquaintance during a fight while on bond for a pending Class X narcotics case, prosecutors say (December 20, 2023)

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