CHICAGO (STMW) – A man has been charged with trying to disarm a police officer on the South Side on Thursday afternoon, then found to be in possession of another officer’s weapon which was taken in a burglary.
Patrick Lance, 18, of the 8800 block of South Carpenter Street, was charged early Friday with two counts of resisting a police officer, one count of attempting to disarm a police officer, one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and one count of having a firearm without a valid FOID card, according to police.
Lance was arrested at 3:15 p.m. Thursday after allegedly trying to disarm an officer in the 1000 block of West 87th Street, police said.
The incident began when officers saw Lance standing, trying to conceal what they believed to be a gun or contraband, according to a police report. Lance saw the officers and fled, and police gave chase.
They found him under a stairwell at 8631 S. May St., but he was released after officers ran his name and it came back “clear.’’ Shortly afterward, they found a fully loaded blue steel semi automatic handgun in the stairwell and re-interviewed Lance at 1117 W. 87th St., where a brawl began, according to the report.
During the fight, Lance tried to disarm an officer and fought with police trying to place him into custody, promoting officers to Tase him three separate times, police said.
When he was finally placed into custody at 3:15 p.m., he allegedly said, “That’s not my gun, that’s my friend’s gun,’’ the report said.
But later, he allegedly made incriminating statements about the ownership of the gun and admitted throwing it into the stairwell. The gun was found to have been taken during a burglary at a police officer’s residence, according to the report.
Lance was treated at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers before being arrested.
Calumet Area detectives are investigating.
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