18-year-old accused of killing Chicago officer Andrés Vásquez Lasso appears in court

Chicago Police Department
Chicago Police Officer Andrés Vásquez Lasso. Photo credit Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Three weeks ago, Chicago police officers arrived at the 5200 block of South Spaulding to deal with a domestic disturbance: a fight between 18-year-old Steven Montano and his 37-year-old girlfriend.

One of the officers who responded, Andrés Vásquez Lasso, was shot and killed. Montano was also shot.

At a bail hearing Wednesday, prosecutors told the judge that, despite being shot in the face, Montano "stood up, refused to comply with commands and tried to walk away from police."

Montano's defense attorney said his client “did not engage the police officers” and ran. The public defender added that Montano was a mentor at a community center and had no criminal background.

"All these things are great,” the judge told Montano. “They don't change what happened … You murdered a Chicago police officer — who was running into the line of fire, trying to do their job — and murdered him in cold blood."

The offense occurred in the middle of the day near a school, the judge said.

“Children are running for cover under a slide,” the judge added. “Your actions showed a total disregard not only for Officer Lasso’s life but also for the safety of everyone who was around you.”

Montano’s bond was denied.

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