Man killed during shootout with Chicago police was on pretrial release for a felony gun case, court records show

Dexter Reed in a 2023 mugshot and, at right, a Chicago Police Department vehicle damaged during the shootout that killed him. (Chicago Police Department, @CPD1617Scanner)

CHICAGO — The man Chicago police leaders say was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police officers during a traffic stop this week was on pretrial release for a pending felony gun charge, according to court records.

Dexter Reed, 26, was arrested on July 13 after Chicago cops said they found him in possession of a firearm in the 1800 block of West Warren. Police responded to a call of a person with a gun at the Windy City Smokeout, an annual barbecue event, and found Reed armed with a handgun, according to his arrest report.

Prosecutors charged him with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm the next day. Later, a grand jury returned a true bill charging him with three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, including possessing a firearm in a vehicle, and possession of a firearm with a revoked Firearm Owner’s ID card, court records show. 

On Thursday evening, CPD officers stopped a vehicle in the 3800 block of West Ferdinand. Reed was inside the SUV.

“While officers were at the vehicle, an exchange of gunfire occurred, and one (1) officer sustained a gunshot wound to the left wrist,” CPD said in a media statement. “The offender sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the body. The injured officer was transported to a nearby hospital in good condition.”

Investigators found a firearm at the scene, according to the police statement.

Photographs from the scene secured by the CPD1617Scanner account show at least 23 bullet holes in the side of Reed’s SUV. A second picture showed five bullet holes in the windshield of a Chicago police SUV. We don’t know if shots fired inside or outside the CPD vehicle caused the damage.

A ShotSpotter in the area detected 51 gunshots at the scene. Video footage caught the shootout from a distance. While it is difficult to see what happened, the sound of gunfire is unmistakable:

Reed is the fourth person accused of murder, attempted murder, or trying to shoot someone this year while on felony pretrial release.

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.

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