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Arlington Heights man was sentenced to 20 years for attack against two officers

Updated: January 6, 2013 10:02AM

An Arlington Heights man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for his attempted murder and aggravated battery convictions in a Rush Street attack against two Chicago Police officers.

Michael Cacini repeatedly punched Kristopher Rigan, grabbed him by his police vest and pulled his body halfway inside his black Mercedes-Benz before pushing him out and running him over in the April 20, 2010 incident.

The Near North District officer suffered a dislocated shoulder, missing teeth and abrasions to his arms when Cacini struck him with his luxury car. Rigan’s partner, Thomas O’Shaughnessy, also was hit by Cacini’s car.

Cacini, 37, said he was sorry Rigan was injured but said he was only defending himself when Rigan struck him.

“I’m truly sorry for what happened that night....I was at the wrong place at the wrong time....I did not mean to hurt him in any way,” Cacini said.

Cacini tried to ambush the plainclothes officers after he noticed them following him when they saw him pick up a purported drug dealer and believed a possible narcotics transaction might take place, Cook County prosecutors said.

The drug dealer ran out and when the officers walked up to question him, Cacini grew belligerent.

Cacini then grabbed Rigan and shifted his car into drive as the officer’s legs dangled out of the vehicle.

During the February trial, Cacini said he drove to the city with his long haired dachshund to let off some steam after he got into a fight with his wife. The vagrant he picked up, Cacini said, was only helping him look for an establishment that was open at 3 a.m. so he could get a drink. Cacini said he lashed out at the officers because he thought he was being carjacked.

Before Cacini was sentenced Tuesday, a few of his family and friends took the stand to describe him as a “good” father who has taken care of a son who has leukemia and an infant daughter who has Down syndrome.

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