CHICAGO - A 23-year-old man from suburban Elgin, Illinois was charged today with attempted murder of a Chicago Police officer in an incident that took place yesterday in the 1000 block of W. North Ave. in Chicago.

Authorities said Jovan McPherson, 23, of the 400 block of S. Sherman Ave. in suburban Elgin, Illinois (approximately 40 miles northwest of the city of Chicago), shot an on-duty CPD officer and battered a second officer. McPherson is also charged in connection to the kidnapping and unlawful restraint of a 21-year-old female that occurred immediately before the shots were fired.

In total, Jovan McPherson is facing the following charges:

  • One (1) felony count - Attempt - Murder - First Degree
  • One (1) felony count - Aggravated Battery/Peace Officer
  • Two (2) felony counts - UUW - Weapon-Possession/Carry/Conceal Weapon
  • One (1) felony count - Kidnapping/Armed with Firearm
  • One (1) felony count - Aggravated Unlawful Restraint
  • One (1) felony count - Resisting/Obstruct/Peace Officer/Corrections Employee/Firefighter Injury

The incident occurred yesterday, October 18, 2021, at approximately 3:35 p.m. near the Ulta Beauty cosmetics store in a prominent shopping area in the Goose Island neighborhood of Chicago.

A Chicago police officer, that CWBChicago first reported to be a 60-year-old male officer with 23 years on the force was flagged down to handle a situation at the cosmetics store in the 1000 block of W. North Ave.[1]

The officer requested backup less than 10 minutes later. A struggle ensued that moved from inside the store to the parking lot, where the offender produced a pistol and fired three shots.

No police officers returned fire and the backup officer was able to take the offender into custody, police said. The gunman's weapon was recovered.

The injured officer was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where his condition was stabilized.

His injury was reported on the Chicago Police scanner by an officer on scene and later by police Superintendent David Brown as a "through-and-through" wound to his face.[2] It was later reported that one of the offender's three shots passed through the officer's cheek.

The injured officer was released from the hospital late yesterday.

The investigation is continuing into a second person who was reportedly with the gunman inside the store but is not in custody, according to CPD.

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Notes & References

  1. CWBChicago. “Officer Shot during ‘Disturbance’ at Lincoln Park Store, Suspect in Custody.” CWB Chicago, October 19, 2021. ↩︎

  2. Freishtat, Sarah. “Chicago Police Officer Shot on Near North Side, Injuries Not Life-Threatening, Suspect in Custody, Authorities Say.” Chicago Tribune, October 19, 2021. ↩︎