Man shot at off-duty deputy’s car while on felony pretrial release, prosecutors say

CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been detained as a public safety risk after prosecutors accused him of shooting toward an off-duty Cook County sheriff’s deputy while on felony pretrial release.

Miguel Martinez, 20, is the 12th person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone this year while on pretrial release. He is the second to be charged while on release under the SAFE-T Act’s cashless bail system.

Martinez was arrested on January 2 after a multi-agency task force, with the assistance of the Chicago Police Department helicopter unit, tracked him driving a stolen Kia Sportage, according to prosecutors. He went home the next day. He was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery on April 10, court records show. Judge Sabra Ebersole released him the same day.

Miguel Martinez (Chicago Police Department)

Just nine days later, with two cases pending, Martinez opened fire on a Jeep Grand Cherokee in the 2900 block of North Kostner, prosecutors claim. A 42-year-old off-duty sheriff’s deputy was seated inside the SUV at the time of the shooting. She told police that a Hispanic man wearing a ski mask shot at her and rode away on a scooter, according to a CPD report. The deputy was not injured, but bullets struck her car and another vehicle, officials said.

ShotSpotter detected five rounds fired at 2900 North Kostner, sending Chicago police officers to the scene. A few minutes later, the deputy called 911 and met with Chicago cops at a nearby gas station. Police found five shell casings at the ShotSpotter address.

Chicago cops recently arrested Martinez after the deputy identified him as the shooter in a photo line-up. He was riding a stolen Yamaha motorcycle at the time, according to his arrest report.

He faces charges of aggravated firearm discharge towards an occupied vehicle and possessing a stolen motor vehicle. Judge William Fahy granted the state’s detention petition. Prosecutors dropped the domestic battery charge on May 1.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others on pretrial release 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.

On September 18, 2023, the state of Illinois eliminated cash bail entirely. Our “not horrible” continues.

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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Tim Hecke is CWBChicago's managing partner. He started his career at KMOX, the legendary news radio station in St. Louis. From there, he moved on to work at stations in Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York City. Tim went on to build syndicated radio news and content services that served every one of America's 100 largest radio markets. He became CWBChicago's managing partner in 2019. His email address is tim@cwbchicago.com