No bail for man shot by cop after allegedly pulling gun on officer
BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org January 6, 2013 11:10PM
Jawaun Anders, 26, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated assault to a police officer after he allegedly tried to pull a gun on an officer during a Far South Side traffic stop Saturday. | Cook County Sheriff's office photo
Updated: January 6, 2013 11:48PM
A Chicago cop dove into the passenger seat of a fleeing suspect’s car early Saturday, legs dangling through the door, and shot a man who pulled a gun while three young children sat in the back seat, according to police and prosecutors.
Jawaun C. Anders, 26, of Chicago, was ordered held without bail Sunday after he was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault of an officer, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and ignoring a red light. He was arrested in the 9400 block of South Chicago , court records show.
Officers pulled over the late-model Jaguar in the Calumet Heights neighborhood about 1 a.m., police said.
Two men — the car’s driver and passenger — were ordered out of the car for a pat-down search by a two-man police team, said Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police.
But the driver, who a prosecutor said had been careful to conceal the front of his waist, jumped back in the car and tried to get away. The officer on the passenger side of the car dove in an open door to stop him, Camden said.
The suspect managed to start his car, put it in drive and took off with the officer in his car, Assistant State’s Attorney Farrah Brass said. She said the suspect tried to pull a gun and, during a struggle, its barrel was pointed toward the officer.
That’s when the officer put his own gun against the suspect’s stomach — to avoid hurting the children, Brass said — and pulled the trigger.
The driver lost control of the car and crashed into a curb, Camden said.
The driver’s relationship with the children could not be immediately determined by police, but an aunt of the children showed up at the scene to take custody of the kids, Camden said.
Both officers, who were bruised in the scuffle, and the driver were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment, Camden said.
The driver’s .38-caliber weapon contained five live rounds, Brass said, and he had 16 more in his pants pocket.
A representative for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services did not return messages seeking comment on whether the children were placed in protective custody.
The Independent Police Review Authority, which reviews all officer-involved shootings, is conducting an investigation.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire