Man charged with shooting Chicago Police officer in chest
BY KIM JANSSEN AND FRANK MAIN Staff Reporters March 21, 2012 8:32PM
This is a color copy photo of Paris Sadler, 20, who has been charged with the shooting of Chicago Police Officer Del Pearson.
Updated: April 23, 2012 11:39AM
On his Facebook profile, Paris Sadler posed for photos throwing the hand sign of a gang with a chilling name: The Every Body Killers.
According to charges filed by the Cook County State’s Attorney, it’s a name he tried to live up to. Sadler, a 20-year-old McDonald’s employee, allegedly shot Chicago Police Officer Del Pearson, 47, in the chest with a 9mm handgun during a foot chase down an alley in the 8400 block of South Kingston Monday night.
Sadler was charged Wednesday with attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated battery with a firearm, said Sally Daly, spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Another man, Paris Fortune, 30, of the 8300 block of South Essex, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon — a gun possession violation — in connection with the shooting, Daly said.
At a news conference Wednesday night, police Supt. Garry McCarthy praised two officers who were with Pearson after he was shot. Instead of waiting for an ambulance, they put him in a squad car and rushed him to the nearest hospital, administering first-aid on the way, because they feared he might “bleed out,” the superintendent said.
Following a manhunt early Tuesday, Sadler was arrested. Sadler lives with his mom just yards from the shooting scene.
Pearson had approached him and a group of three other young men suspected of a possible curfew violation around 10:45 p.m. Monday when Sadler ran off then turned and fired at the officer during a gun battle, police say.
He works at the McDonald’s next to the toll plaza on the Skyway, friends and co-workers said.
A Kenwood Academy graduate, Sadler claimed to have no gang ties when he was arrested last year for felony possession of LSD.
But police said Tuesday that the shooting was gang-related. And on Sadler’s Facebook profile, he goes by the nickname “pistol p” and is shown in several photographs making gang signs. The photos are captioned “EBK CRAZY” and “EBK ALL DAY” — a reference to the Every Body Killers, a faction of the Two-Six street gang, police sources say.
Besides his July, 2011 LSD bust, which is still pending in court, Sadler also has a cannabis possession conviction, court records show. He previously beat charges of criminal trespass, battery and two other cannabis cases, records show.
Pearson, a decorated 8-year veteran, remained in good condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center on Wednesday, police said. He lost two-thirds of his blood and needed five hours of surgery after a bullet just missed his protective vest and lodged near his spine.
He is being supported by his wife, teenage son and daughter and fellow police officers and is expected to recover. His many awards include a 2007 Award of Valor for an incident in which he fatally shot a man who’d pointed a gun at him.
McCarthy on Tuesday called him “a great cop.”
McCarthy said the case includes ballistic evidence and statements. “For those guys, we’re coming,” McCarthy said of the EBK gang. “If it’s going to be a battle of wills, we’ll win.”
Contributing: Rummana Hussain