No bond for man charged with shooting Chicago cop in the chest
BY KIM JANSSEN Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org March 22, 2012 1:02PM
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 24, 2012 8:15AM
A gunman trying to escape police fruitlessly pleaded, “Bro, bro let me in!” to a buddy who was inside a locked home, then turned and shot a Chicago cop when his friend failed to open the door, prosecutors say.
Paris Sadler, 20 — accused of the attempted murder of 47-year-old police officer Del Pearson — was denied bail Thursday by Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesel, who said he posed too much of a danger to himself and the public.
Sadler, who works at the McDonald’s on the Skyway, shot Pearson after the officer had tried to stop him for questioning on the 8500 block of South Kingston, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Peter O’Mara said in court Thursday.
When Pearson pulled over in an unmarked police car, Sadler took off and ran down an alley, reaching into his waistband, O’Mara said.
Pearson yelled, “ ‘Gun! Gun! He has a gun! Put down the gun,’ ” O’Mara said.
But Sadler ran onto the porch of a home where co-defendant Paris Fortune was with two women, O’Mara said. Sadler pleaded with Fortune to open the security door and reached through the bars of the door, but Fortune, who also had a loaded gun, did not open it, O’Mara said.
When Pearson arrived moments later, Sadler fired multiple shots at him with a .38-caliber revolver, hitting him in the shoulder and chest and piercing a main artery, O’Mara said.
Sadler ran a few yards to his home, stashed the gun in a hole in the wall behind a bathtub and ditched his clothes, O’Mara added.
When police searching the area for the shooter went to the home, his mother called him on his cell phone and told him to come up from the basement, where he’d been hiding, O’Mara said.
According to a police report Sadler was sweating “profusely.” He told officers he’d been home on the phone all evening with a girlfriend, according to the report, but later gave a written statement admitting he’d shot Pearson, O’Mara said.
Police later recovered the gun and Sadler’s clothing.
They also recovered a 9 mm handgun from the attic in Fortune’s home, O’Mara said. Though that gun was not used in the attempted murder of Pearson, Fortune has prior felony convictions and was not allowed to own firearms.
Charged with unlawful use of a weapon, Fortune was ordered held on $125,000 bail by Judge Kuriakos-Ciesel.
Sadler, wearing a check shirt and jeans in court, shook his head repeatedly during the brief hearing. Fortune showed no emotion.
They were watched in court by members of Sadler’s family and at least a dozen Chicago Police officers who were there in a show of solidarity with Pearson, who is recovering at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.