Bail de­nied for ac­cused fire­fighter shooter

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - CHICAGOLAN­D - By Made­line Buck­ley

A 29-year-old man is charged with four felonies af­ter an on-duty Chicago fire­fighter was shot and in­jured while try­ing to fight a car fire on the North­west Side ear­lier this week, po­lice said.

Hol­lis Williams, 29, of the 4400 block of North Fran­cisco Av­enue, is charged with un­law­ful use of a weapon by a felon, ag­gra­vated bat­tery of a fire­fighter, ag­gra­vated bat­tery of a po­lice of­fi­cer and ag­gra­vated un­law­ful use of a weapon in con­nec­tion with the Feb. 2 shoot­ing. He also faces mul­ti­ple traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

Dur­ing a hear­ing Satur­day af­ter­noon at the Leighton Crim­i­nal Court Build­ing, a judge de­nied bail for Williams, ac­cord­ing to Cook County state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice spokes­woman Tan­dra Si­mon­ton. He is sched­uled to ap­pear in court again on Tues­day.

When of­fi­cers tried to ar­rest Williams on Thurs­day, he rammed a sergeant’s car with the ve­hi­cle he was in and then ran over an of­fi­cer’s foot, said Chief of De­tec­tives Bren­dan Deeni­han. Williams then got out of his car and ran away be­fore he was caught.

“When­ever a pub­lic safety em­ployee, par­tic­u­larly a fire­fighter, is at­tacked, we not only take it very se­ri­ously, we look at it as an at­tack on the whole fab­ric of so­ci­ety,” in­terim Chicago po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Char­lie Beck said at a Satur­day news con­fer­ence an­nounc­ing the charges.

The in­ci­dent started when fire­fight­ers were called to a car fire around 1 a.m. in the 3400 block of West Wil­son Av­enue in the Al­bany Park neigh­bor­hood, po­lice said.

De­tec­tives learned that two peo­ple had set the car on fire, hop­ing to draw out in­di­vid­u­als who lived in the build­ing, Deeni­han said. Four peo­ple came out of the build­ing, in­clud­ing a woman who got into an­other ve­hi­cle and be­gan driv­ing away.

Two un­known peo­ple be­gan shoot­ing at the woman, and two men who were with the woman re­turned fire, hit­ting the fire­fighter in the cross­fire, Deeni­han said.

Po­lice said Williams was one of the shoot­ers who came out of the build­ing with the woman. Po­lice are still search­ing for the oth­ers in­volved in the shoot­ing, Deeni­han said.

Speak­ing at the news con­fer­ence, Fire Com­mis­sioner Richard C. Ford II said the fire­fighter is home and in “good spir­its.” The 36-year-old fire­fighter had been shot in the leg.

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