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A Chicago man is accused of shooting an off-duty Merrionette Park officer

CHICAGO — A Chicago man is accused of shooting an off-duty Merionette Park police officer.

Dareon Thompson, 24, of Chicago, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon. An off-duty commuter officer was driving to work around 5 p.m. Saturday when a car in front of her, in which Thompson was sitting, stopped her from passing, police said.

When the officer tried to pull over, police say Thompson swerved to stop her.

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As the Suburban officer pursued Thompson’s vehicle, police said the two occupants got out of the car and opened fire.

A shootout ensued, as a result of which the officer received a superficial wound to the neck.

Police said a 43-year-old bystander suffered gunshot wounds to both legs.

Both were treated for their injuries and are expected to be OK.

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According to Merrionette Park police, Thompson is serving a two-year probation sentence in 2021 for aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon.


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