CHICAGO (CBS) – A man has been charged with entering a Homan Square police facility in Chicago and obtaining two firearms during a SWAT training exercise.
Donald Patrick, 47, of Waukegan, was charged with five counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer and three counts of burglary. He is due in court for a bond hearing on Wednesday.
Chicago police said around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday that Patrick went to the security shack outside the Homan Square facility near Homan Avenue and Fillmore Street and asked where he could go. to recover the property held there.
After the guard directed him to the public entrance on the other side of the building, the man instead walked west towards Homan Avenue and came across an emergency exit, where he was manipulated several nearby objects to allow himself to reach the metal stairs of the fire escape. pull them down and go up to the 5th floor, where he entered through a door that had been kept open for ventilation, as this floor has no windows, the police superintendent. David Brown said on Tuesday.
The Homan Square site houses the Chicago Police Department’s Evidence and Recovered Assets Section; and serves as a base for several specialized units, including the Organized Crime Bureau, SWAT Unit, Evidence Technicians, and the CPD Ballistics Lab.
When the man reached the 5th floor of the facility, a SWAT training exercise was in progress on the 5th floor, and several weapons had been laid out on a table for use in training. Officers participating in the training exercise observed the man picking up two rifles from the table.
Brown said these guns were either empty or loaded with so-called “simunition” – a reference to non-lethal pellets used in training drills, which sting when hitting someone, but do not cause injury. serious or fatal. But the invader did not know this.
Officers participating in the training immediately briefed other officers who were not part of the exercise and were armed. Those officers responded immediately and after Patrick pointed both guns at them, at least one officer fired at the man, police said.
Patrick has a lengthy criminal record, was taken to Cook County Stroger Hospital. Brown said his injuries were not life-threatening.
A police officer who sprained his ankle while responding to the incident was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment.
Brown said it was possible the officers attending the training believed Patrick was part of the exercise when they first saw him.
“Obviously someone coming from a stairwell outside surprised everyone. Who is this person? Is this person associated with the training?” said Brown. “We sometimes have live actors who come in civilian clothes.”
The superintendent declined to say whether police ordered Patrick to drop the weapons before he was shot, saying it would be part of an investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). Brown said it was unclear what the man might have said to police after retrieving the weapons.