Second man gets 38 years for shooting at cop during South Side chase

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The second of two men convicted of shooting at a Chicago Police officer working a violence-suppression mission on the South Side in 2011 has been sentenced to more than 35 years in prison.

Ronald Jackson, 23, was convicted of attempted murder for “ambushing the officer in an alley” in the 12000 block of South State Street while the officer chased a suspect on Jan. 12, 2011, a statement from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said.

On Thursday, Cook County Judge Dennis Porter sentenced Jackson to 38 years in prison, according to prosecutors.

Co-defendant Marvin Fields, 24, was also convicted of attempted murder and sentenced by Judge Porter to 37 years in April 2014.

On the night of the incident, police responded about 9 p.m. to a call of a man with a gun, prosecutors said. The Calumet District Tactical officer tried to interview a suspicious individual standing in a gangway, but that person ran.

During the chase the officer saw Jackson and Fields running at him and told them to stop, prosecutors said. But the pair split up and ran.

Fields and Jackson fired several shots at the officer, who was dressed in tactical gear and had his badge visible, prosecutors said. The officer was not shot, but broke his hand diving behind a vehicle for cover.

The officer returned fire, but did not hit the suspects, according to police and prosecutors.

Fields was apprehended by other officers in the area, while Jackson was found hiding under a porch, prosecutors said.

The men were identified by several witnesses and two .40 caliber handguns with 15 spent casings were recovered, prosecutors said.

Fields, who is incarcerated at the Menard Correctional Center, is eligible for parole in 2042, according to the Illinois Dept. of Corrections.

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