Man gets 4 years for pointing a gun at Chicago cop who subsequently shot him

CHICAGO —  A man shot by Chicago police last year when he allegedly ran toward them while pointing a gun in their direction has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Javontay Kindred, 26, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a peace officer with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon before Judge Ursula Walowski, according to court records. She sentenced him to four years on each count, with the terms served concurrently.

He is expected to be paroled next February after serving half of the sentence.

Prosecutors said Kindred charged toward an officer with a loaded gun in his hand and was “within an arm’s reach” when the cop shot him on February 13, 2023, in the 2100 block of South St. Louis. The bullet struck Kindred in the chest and left him seriously injured.

At about 11:35 that morning, two officers stopped their unmarked Ford Explorer upon seeing a car double-parked with several people standing around it, officials said. One of the cops said they saw an object in Kindred’s jacket that appeared to be a firearm.

Kindred ran after the cop asked him to step over to their patrol car, prosecutors said last year. While one officer chased Kindred, the other ran down a parallel street in a flanking maneuver.

Jovantay Kindred in 2021 (Chicago Police Department)

That second officer came face-to-face with Kindred as Kindred cut toward the street. The officer’s body camera footage allegedly showed Kindred pointing the muzzle of the gun forward as he ran straight at the cop with the weapon in his hand.

When Kindred was “within arms reach,” the officer fired one shot, prosecutors said.

A spokesperson for COPA, the agency that investigates uses of force by Chicago police officers, said their investigation of the shooting is in its final stages.

While city ordinance calls for body camera video and other evidence related to police shootings to be released within 60 days, judges, such as one who handled Kindred’s case, frequently order the city to withhold the materials while charges are pending. Now that Kindred has pleaded guilty, the city could receive permission to release its evidence in the coming weeks.

Last year, prosecutors said bodycam footage from the officer who fired the shot showed Kindred falling to the ground and dropping a loaded firearm on the parkway. They said an officer immediately radioed that police had shot someone and requested an ambulance. The officers then began taking lifesaving measures to save Kindred.

Kindred’s criminal background includes an aggravated robbery conviction in 2017. In 2015, while in the Cook County juvenile detention center awaiting trial for allegedly attacking a different robbery victim with a hammer, Kindred attacked a youth development specialist, prosecutors said. The specialist needed stitches to close a gash over his eye after Kindred punched him in the face three times.

And in April 2021, while on bail for engaging in reckless conduct during the May 2020 riots, Kindred allegedly sped away from Chicago police, striking two squad cars and three other vehicles in traffic. He was charged with felony fleeing and eluding, but prosecutors later dropped the case.

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