Lawn­dale man charged with at­tempted mur­der in shoot­ing of CPD of­fi­cer

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MATTHEW HEN­DRICK­SON AND DAVID STRUETT Matthew Hen­drick­son is a Sun-Times staff re­porter. David Struett is a CST Wire re­porter.

A Lawn­dale man has been charged with at­tempted mur­der for al­legedly shoot­ing at sev­eral Chicago po­lice of­fi­cers — and strik­ing one — while suf­fer­ing an ap­par­ent men­tal health cri­sis.

An­thony Marks made com­ments in which he called him­self “God” and ac­cused his wife of try­ing to kill him in 911 calls that pre­ceded of­fi­cers’ ar­rival to a home in the 1300 block of South Lawn­dale Av­enue early Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Cook County pros­e­cu­tors said.

Those re­marks, in­clud­ing other in­co­her­ent and ex­ple­tive-laden state­ments to of­fi­cers, led pros­e­cu­tors and Judge Su­sana

Or­tiz to con­clude in court Thurs­day that Marks, 30, was ap­par­ently suf­fer­ing a men­tal health cri­sis at the time of the in­ci­dent.

Of­fi­cers found Marks in a third-floor win­dow at the front of the home yelling down at them be­fore he re­turned with a 9 mm Ruger hand­gun and screamed, “two bod­ies gotta drop,” pros­e­cu­tors said.

He then al­legedly started fir­ing his weapon mul­ti­ple times in the air and then turned the gun on the of­fi­cers as they sought cover.

One of­fi­cer who re­sponded to the do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance call used a parked am­bu­lance to shield him­self. But he was left ex­posed and sub­se­quently shot when the am­bu­lance pulled away, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The bul­let first struck a cell­phone in the of­fi­cer’s pocket and then en­tered his right leg, shat­ter­ing his fe­mur, pros­e­cu­tors said.

After fir­ing 17 rounds, Marks threw the gun from the win­dow into the street, where it was later re­cov­ered, pros­e­cu­tors said. Marks was taken into cus­tody im­me­di­ately after.

The of­fi­cer was taken to Mount Si­nai Hospi­tal and was “do­ing well,” Deputy Chief Bren­dan Deeni­han said Wed­nes­day.

Marks was charged with five counts of at­tempted mur­der of a po­lice of­fi­cer.

He also faces a charge of armed ha­bit­ual crim­i­nal due to his pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for un­law­ful use of a weapon by a felon and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Marks was not present at his bond hear­ing Thurs­day, so Or­tiz de­clined to rule on a re­quest by pros­e­cu­tors to deny him bail. In­stead the judge or­dered Marks held on $1 mil­lion bail and said the pros­e­cu­tors’ re­quest would be reeval­u­ated when Marks is present in court.

The shoot­ing comes less than a week after a de­tainee con­ceal­ing a gun dur­ing trans­port to a North­west Side po­lice sta­tion opened fire, wound­ing three of­fi­cers. Lovelle Jor­dan, 25, faces six counts of at­tempted mur­der in that shoot­ing.

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