Man charged in shooting that injured Chicago Police officer

Written By SUN-TIMES MEDIA Posted: 04/13/2014, 06:32am
Array James Garland is taken away in handcuffs at the scene of a Chicago Police Officer being shot in the 2700 block of east 92nd. Sunday, March 9, 2014 | Sun-Times Photo by Brian Jackson

A man has been charged with attempted murder for firing the gun whose bullet ricocheted and struck a Chicago Police officer in the face Sunday.

James Garland, 53, is charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the shooting in the 2700 block of East 92nd Street, according to Chicago Police.

About 8:45 p.m. Sunday, officers were executing a search warrant for narcotics when someone inside the home fired a shot that eventually struck the officer between the eyes, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy told reporters at the time.

The officers with the South Chicago District Tactical Team had entered the building from the rear, believing the subject of the warrant lived in the basement, police said.

Garland, who lived in the home, allegedly fired one round in the officers’ direction as they entered the residence. The bullet ricocheted off a piece of wood and hit the officer in the face, police said.

A fragment of the bullet lodged in his forehead. The 34-year-old officer — an 11-year veteran of the department — was treated and released from a hospital Monday, authorities said.

Police officers did not fire any shots during the confrontation and a handgun with one spent round was recovered at the scene, McCarthy said

Garland is scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday.

Police initially said they were questioning six people who were inside the home at the time. A police spokesperson would not say Tuesday whether charges are pending against anyone else.

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