Crime Briefs: Police Fire on Alleged Gang Member near The 606 Trail

Rafael Corona. Courtesy CPD.
Rafael Corona, 29, of the 1700 block of North Rockwell Street. Courtesy CPD.

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ond was set at $90,000 for a man accused of pointing a gun at a police officer in Logan Square.

Officers responding to a call of a gang disturbance in the 1700 block of North Talman Avenue reportedly ran into Rafael Corona on Sunday around 12:15 a.m., police said. Before the officers arrived on the scene, an outdoor gathering of gang members had been happening on the block, witnesses said.

When police arrived Corona reportedly had an open bottle of beer in his hand and, once he saw the officers, took off running down an alley, prosecutors allege. One of the responding officers began to pursue him on foot down an alley while yelling that he was a police officer and demanding that Corona stop. Authorities allege Corona then pulled a gun out from his waist and pointed it at cop.

“In fear for his safety, the officer discharged his firearm once without striking the offender,” said a release from Chicago police. No injuries were reported. Corona continued to flee down the alley, tossing aside the beer and handgun, before police were able to take him into custody, prosecutors allege.

The shooting happened about a block west of The 606 trail’s Rockwell access ramp, which had opened to the public the previous day, and less than a mile away from Bernhard Moos Elementary School.

Police also allege they found a 9mm handgun on the street next to where Corona was laying handcuffed on the ground.

Corona, 29, of the 1700 block of North Rockwell Street, appeared in bond court at 26th and California on Monday where Judge James Brown approved multiple charges. These included unlawful possession of firearm by a street gang member, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated assault of a peace officer and one count of armed habitual criminal—all felonies. In addition to the felonies, Corona was also charged with one misdemeanor count of drinking alcohol on the public way. He’s expected to appear in court again on June 15.

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