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Police Board fires cop whose gun was used in woman’s death

Sgt. Steven Lesner whose gun was used death Catherine Weilfour years ago leaves Chicago Police Board following hearing January 3

Sgt. Steven Lesner, whose gun was used in the death of Catherine Weiland four years ago, leaves the Chicago Police Board following a hearing January 3, 2014. | Jessica Koscielniak / Sun-Times

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Updated: August 19, 2014 6:42AM

In a highly unusual move, the Chicago Police Board has overruled police Supt. Garry McCarthy and fired a police sergeant whose gun was used in the shooting death of a Northwest Side woman five years ago.

McCarthy had recommended suspending Sgt. Steven Lesner, a 20-year police veteran, for 60 days. But on Thursday night, the board unanimously voted to fire Lesner, 48, over the 2009 incident in which he bought alcohol for the woman he’d just met while on duty — and for failing to secure his weapon when he returned to her Northwest Side apartment after his shift had ended.


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