Chicago man charged with shooting of off-duty Merrionette Park officer

CHICAGO – A Chicago man has been charged with the shooting death of a Merrionette Park police officer.

Darreon Thompson, 24, of Chicago, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. According to police, the off-duty suburban officer was driving to work around 5 p.m. Saturday when a car in front of her, occupied by Thompson, would not let her pass.

When the officer tried to pass, police claim Thompson swerved to stop them.

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The suburban officer gave chase to Thompson’s vehicle, with police saying two passengers got out of the car and opened fire.

A shootout ensued, in which the officer sustained a superficial wound to his neck.

According to the police, a 43-year-old pedestrian suffered gunshot wounds in both legs.

Both have been treated for their injuries and are expected to be fine.

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According to Merrionette Park Police, Thompson is serving a two-year suspended sentence for a 2021 gun-wielding conviction for serious unlawful use of a loaded gun. Chicago man charged with shooting of off-duty Merrionette Park officer

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