FELON ON PA­ROLE CHARGED WITH TRY­ING TO KILL 6 COPS

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - Staff Re­porters BY SAM CHARLES AND MATTHEW HENDRICKSO­N

A felon on pa­role was charged with the at­tempted mur­der of six Chicago po­lice of­fi­cers in con­nec­tion with a gun bat­tle Thurs­day at a North­west Side po­lice sta­tion.

Lovelle Jor­dan, 25, was ac­cused Fri­day of open­ing fire at the of­fi­cers from the back seat of a po­lice ve­hi­cle with a hand­gun he man­aged to keep hid­den when he was taken into cus­tody af­ter al­legedly get­ting into a stolen 2018 Porsche in the Austin neigh­bor­hood.

Jor­dan faces six counts of at­tempted mur­der, two counts of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, one count of be­ing an armed ha­bit­ual crim­i­nal, one count of un­law­ful use of a weapon, pos­ses­sion of stolen ve­hi­cle and two mis­de­meanor counts of re­sist­ing ar­rest, ac­cord­ing to po­lice and Cook County pros­e­cu­tors.

“He tried to kill six po­lice of­fi­cers,” Chief of De­tec­tives Brendan Deeni­han said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence Fri­day morn­ing be­fore Jor­dan’s ini­tial hear­ing on the charges.

Jor­dan fired at least five shots at the of­fi­cers, strik­ing one in the shoul­der; frag­ments from that bul­let wounded that of­fi­cer in the neck, pros­e­cu­tors said. The of­fi­cer is in a med­i­cally in­duced coma as he re­ceives treat­ment.

Two other of­fi­cers were also hurt.

Jor­dan was shot mul­ti­ple times when of­fi­cers re­turned fire, caus­ing him to be par­a­lyzed from the chest down, pros­e­cu­tors said. He re­mained in cus­tody at Stroger Hos­pi­tal.

Judge Arthur Wes­ley Wil­lis or­dered Jor­dan held with­out bail.

“This is a mat­ter where I would be afraid if he were re­leased,” the judge said.

Deeni­han said of­fi­cers were called about 9 a.m. Thurs­day to in­ves­ti­gate a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle in the 4800 block of West North Av­enue. They found the Porsche, which was un­oc­cu­pied, and de­ter­mined it was stolen.

The Porsche was be­ing rented by a man who was asleep in the car Sun­day when an uniden­ti­fied per­son stole the car at gun­point, pros­e­cu­tors said.

As the of­fi­cers were com­plet­ing pa­per­work, Jor­dan “walked right up,” en­tered the Porsche and tried to drive away, Deeni­han said, adding much of the in­ter­ac­tion was on video.

“It just shows how em­bold­ened these crim­i­nals are,” Deeni­han said. “The cops are right there, and he just jumps in this ve­hi­cle and tries to start it and drive away.”

Re­spond­ing of­fi­cers quickly moved to de­tain Jor­dan, who was wrestling with the of­fi­cers try­ing to ar­rest him, Deeni­han said. Once hand­cuffed, with his hands be­hind his back, Jor­dan pleaded with of­fi­cers to let him move his hands to the front of his body. Of­fi­cers said no.

Though of­fi­cers re­quested a squadrol van to trans­port Jor­dan to the sta­tion, a CPD SUV equipped with a back­seat cage was in the area. Jor­dan was put in the SUV and taken to the Grand Cen­tral Dis­trict po­lice sta­tion at 5555 W. Grand Ave.

While in the SUV, Jor­dan was able to move his hands to the front of his body. Then he pulled an “ex­tremely se­creted” gun from his “pri­vate area,” Deeni­han said.

Once at the sally port — a se­cure in­te­rior area where ar­restees are moved from po­lice ve­hi­cles into the sta­tion — an of­fi­cer opened the back door of the SUV and Jor­dan opened fire, Deeni­han said. The hand­gun, he said, had been stolen.

Deeni­han, who said Jor­dan was searched be­fore he was placed in the SUV, also gave a full-throated de­fense of the ac­tions of all of­fi­cers in­volved.

“They didn’t do any­thing wrong,” he said. “It’s the of­fender’s ac­tions that led to this of­fi­cer get­ting shot.”

In ad­di­tion to the of­fi­cer who was shot, two other of­fi­cers suf­fered less se­ri­ous wounds: One was shot in his vest, but the bul­let didn’t pen­e­trate; the other of­fi­cer was wounded in the hip. Two other of­fi­cers were taken to a hos­pi­tal for chest pains.

Court records show Jor­dan was paroled from prison in April af­ter he was con­victed of be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a gun. Deeni­han said Jor­dan was on elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing un­til last month.

Jor­dan has also been con­victed of ag­gra­vated as­sault with a ve­hi­cle, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and man­u­fac­tur­ing/de­liv­er­ing co­caine.

ASH­LEE REZIN GAR­CIA/SUN-TIMES

Chicago po­lice in­ves­ti­gate out­side the Grand Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion at 5555 W. Grand Ave. on Thurs­day.

Lovelle Jor­dan

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