Man charged with attempted murder after shooting CPD officer, sparking West Side SWAT standoff: police

Man charged with attempted murder after shooting CPD officer, sparking West Side SWAT standoff: police
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A man is facing five attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting at Chicago police officers, striking one, and barricading himself in a building Saturday in Austin on the West Side.

The officers were investigating reports of shots fired at about 11:30 a.m. near Lake Street and Cicero Avenue when Tracey Thomas Jr., 29, allegedly opened fire on them, Chicago police said.

When more units arrived to search for the shooter, Thomas allegedly fired again from an elevated first-floor window of a building in the 200 block of North La Crosse Avenue, police said.

A female officer was struck in the hand and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. Her wound was not life-threatening and she was released later that day.

Officers returned fire, but did not strike Thomas, who holed himself up in the apartment building, police said. A SWAT team was called to the scene and Thomas turned himself in without incident at about 2:20 p.m.

The officer is the third from the police department to be shot in a week.

On Monday, an off-duty officer was ambushed by two gunmen at a red light in Calumet Heights on the South Side. And last Sunday, an on-duty Chicago police sergeant was shot while standing in the parking lot of the Gresham District police station, 7808 S. Halsted St.

Thomas was charged with five felony counts of attempted murder.

He appeared in bond court Sunday. Prosecutors said Thomas Jr. fired on three civilians to draw police.

Thomas allegedly later told police he fired on officers so that they would kill him.

Police believed he had suffered a "mental break."

A judge denied bond.

(WBBM Newsradio and the Chicago Sun-Times contributed to this copy.)

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