Man ran from Chicago cops with a machine gun, tried to escape by stealing their squad car: prosecutors

Landon Lewis (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a paroled felon ran away from Chicago police officers while holding a machine gun and then tried to escape by stealing the cops’ squad car. CPD officers arrested Landon Lewis, 31, before he figured out how to put their car into drive.

A Chicago police helicopter began tracking a stolen Dodge Durango wanted in connection with several robberies and burglaries, a CPD arrest report said. Patrol units located the Durango and saw it crash into a parked car in the 9400 block of South Stony Island around noon on March 5, the report said.

Both occupants of the Durango bolted from the passenger-side door. The report said Lewis hurled a loaded handgun equipped with an automatic fire switch onto a railroad embankment as he ran. Next stop: an unattended squad car.

Lewis, a three-time convicted gun offender, hopped behind the wheel of the squad and was trying to put it into gear when pursuing officers caught up with him and removed him from the vehicle, prosecutors said in a detention petition. They said he was driving the Durango when it crashed, too.

The Oak Lawn resident is charged with unlawful possession of a machine gun and being a felon in possession of a firearm with previous gun convictions. Judge William Fahy detained him at the state’s request.

Records show he was sentenced to two years in prison for unlawful use of a weapon last year. After receiving the state’s 50% good behavior sentence reduction and credit for time spent on electronic monitoring, he was released from prison on the same day he arrived: November 6.

Less than three weeks later, he was in possession of a stolen Lexus in Worth, Illinois, prosecutors alleged in a separate court filing this month.

Curiously, he received a lighter prison sentence for his third gun conviction than he did for his first two, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. The earlier cases resulted in three-year terms.

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