CHICAGO — Prosecutors have filed attempted murder charges against a man who allegedly shot a Chicago police officer after burglarizing the Prada store on Oak Street this week. The accused man had an active federal arrest warrant at the time of the shooting because he went AWOL while awaiting trial for a gun charge.
Deshawn Lucas, 33, was shot and critically injured in an exchange of gunfire with police officers in the first block of East Walton around 4:16 a.m. on Monday, January 8, CPD Supt. Larry Snelling said.
CPD officers said they found two guns in Lucas’ possession, including one equipped with a switch that enabled it to generate automatic gunfire.
He is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery of a peace officer by discharging a firearm, burglary, unlawful possession of a machine gun by a felon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Lucas’ most recent Cook County criminal case was a Class X armed habitual criminal matter that was dropped when federal authorities took up gun charges in the case, according to court records. The case was nearing conclusion when Lucas stopped showing up for court, according to federal court records. A federal judge issued a warrant for him in August 2020.
Records show that Lucas remained hospitalized on Wednesday morning and could not appear for a detention hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. Judge William Fahy continued the state’s detention motion to January 17.
Snelling said Monday that officers responding to a burglary at the Prada store, 30 East Oak, encountered a member of the burglary crew near State and Walton streets shortly after 4 a.m. He was armed, and the officers ordered him to drop his gun, Snelling said.
An “exchange of gunfire” ensued, with two officers firing shots, according to Snelling.
The injured officer fired shots, as did a 29-year-old cop who joined the force six years ago, the superintendent continued. The department said both officers will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days, consistent with CPD’s policy.
Other members of the crew who escaped in several vehicles remain at large, Snelling said, and detectives are working on the shooting and burglary cases.
Video provided to CWBChicago shows a smash-and-grab crew running in and out of the Prada store after they drove a Dodge Durango through the storefront around 4:15 a.m. Officers at the shooting scene said they could not identify Lucas immediately because he carried a fake identification.