No bond for felon who allegedly shot at Chicago Police officers

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A convicted felon who allegedly exchanged gunfire with Chicago Police officers in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood was ordered held without bond Wednesday.

Gerald S. Preacely Jr.

Gerald S. Preacely Jr., 22, faces two felony counts of attempted murder, and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to Chicago Police.

Officers patrolling in a squad car in the 6400 block of South King Drive about 9:25 a.m. Tuesday saw Preacely cross the street in front of their car, firing a handgun at a group of people in the Parkway Gardens housing complex, according to prosecutors.

The squad car pulled over and an officer in the passenger seat got out of the car and announced himself. Preacely turned in the direction of the officers and fired two to three shots, prosecutors said.

One of the officers returned fire, shooting three times at Preacely, prosecutors said. Preacely ran through a courtyard of the housing complex, tossing a 9 mm loaded handgun into a Dumpster.

Officers began chasing Preacely, and he was caught in a nearby alley, prosecutors said. Both officers identified him as the shooter.

No one was hurt in the exchange, police said.

Surveillance video from surrounding businesses and Parkway Gardens caught Preacely firing into the complex and discarding the gun, prosecutors said. Other witnesses also identified him as the shooter.

Preacely, of the 6600 block of South University Avenue, was previously convicted of unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor street gang contact while on parole, according to prosecutors.

Judge Laura Sullivan ordered him held without bond Wednesday.

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