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Man charged after dropping gun on CTA tracks in Bridgeport: Police

Antonius Smith | Chicago Police

A 22-year-old man is facing multiple charges after dropping a gun onto the Red Line tracks Thursday night near the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side.

About 10:35 p.m., Antonius Smith was headed south on a Red Line train near 36th Street when he dropped the gun on the tracks as officers approached him, according to Chicago Police. He was then taken into custody.

The Red Line was then shut down for about an hour between the Sox-35th and 47th stops while officers searched for and recovered the weapon, police said.

Smith, of the Englewood neighborhood, was charged with felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon without having a FOID card and aggravated battery to a peace officer, police said. He also faces misdemeanor counts of resisting/obstructing a peace officer, possession of marijuana and creating an unsafe condition by crossing between train cars.

Smith’s bond was set at $100,000 during a court hearing Friday, according to Cook County sheriff’s office records. His next court appearance was scheduled for Oct. 12.