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Prosecutors: Doctor said ‘nervous tic’ caused him to fire accidentally into Lincoln Park neighor’s condo

Michael Olivieri / phofrom Cook County sheriff's office

Michael Olivieri / photo from Cook County sheriff's office

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Updated: April 12, 2014 7:18PM



A doctor who had nine unregistered guns in his Lincoln Park high-rise fired one into his neighbor’s condo and later told the police it was an accident caused by a “nervous tic,” Cook County prosecutors said Saturday.

“Everything happened so fast,” 53-year-old Michael Olivieri told the police after his arrest, according to their report.

He said he “had squeezed the trigger” — an act that was like a nervous tic, “like squeezing a tennis ball,” according to his arrest report.

No one was hurt.

Olivieri, who is on leave from work after going deaf, told officers he had placed one of his guns on his kitchen island on Wednesday and thought he had replaced his bullets with “dummy” rounds before he fired from his 14th -floor condminium, in the 2000 block of Lincoln Park West.

Police said they found eight unregistered guns in Olivieri’s condo.

Oliveri was charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm and cited for each unregistered gun and ordered held Saturday on $10,000 bail.

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