$500,000 bail for teen shot by cops after he allegedly pointed gun at officers
BY MICHAEL LANSU AND JON SEIDEL Staff Reporters March 31, 2013 5:12PM
Updated: May 2, 2013 6:33AM
A teenager shot by police for allegedly pointing a handgun at detectives on the South Side was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail Sunday.
Marvin Thompson, 17, is accused of pointing a blue steel Colt Cobra .38 caliber handgun at officers at 3:12 p.m. Friday in the 2000 block of East 94th Street, according to court documents.
The officers shot Thompson in the left leg and he remained at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn on Sunday, authorities said. A police officer stood in Thompson’s place before Cook County Judge James Brown.
Before Thompson was wounded last week, Area South detectives heard shots fired near East 95th Street and South Jeffrey Boulevard and called for backup as they followed three people fleeing north, according to the Chicago Police.
The detectives ordered one of the suspects, Thompson, to drop his gun, but instead he pointed it at detectives, who opened fire and shot him, police said.
Thompson was charged with three counts of aggravated assault to a police officer with a firearm and one count each of aggravated discharge of a firearm at a police officer and unlawful use of a weapon.
On Sunday, Bessie Parham, who identified herself as Thompson’s great-grandmother, said no one has let her see or speak to him since he was shot. She said no one has even told her what happened.
“I’m very upset,” Parham said. “It’s worrying me. I haven’t slept in two nights.”
Parham said Thompson normally lives in Gary, Ind., with his mother, but she said Thompson’s mother is on vacation in Las Vegas.
“She had left him with me until she comes back,” Parham said.