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$900K bond for man charged with pointing handgun at police

A man who was shot by Chicago Police officers after he pointed a gun at them Saturday afternoon in the Southwest Side Chicago Lawn neighborhood is being held on a $900,000 bond.

Eric Pettway, 35, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and two counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer, all felonies, according to Chicago Police. He is a convicted felon who is currently on parole.

About 4:15 p.m., gang enforcement officers on patrol in the 6100 block of South Rockwell approached a man during a narcotics investigation, according to a statement from police. As an officer walked up and announced himself, Pettway turned and pointed a handgun at him, police said.

Pettway then ran away and eventually ran into two more officers. He again pointed his gun at the officers and they subsequently shot him in both legs, police said.

He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition stabilized, authorities said.

Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, said the officers saw a drug transaction. When the man pointed the gun at the officers, he pulled the trigger, but the gun didn’t go off, he said.

A 9mm handgun and crack cocaine was recovered at the scene, Camden said.

The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates all police-involved shootings, is investigating, spokesman Larry Merritt said.

Pettway, of the 6100 block of South Rockwell, has been ordered held on a $900,000 bond, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. He is next scheduled to appear in court April 24.