Off-Duty Cop’s Gun Discharges During Fight With Suspect

Updated 5:50 p.m.

CHICAGO (STMW) – An off-duty Chicago Police officer’s service weapon discharged during a struggle with a man who allegedly tried to disarm him late Saturday in the Wrigleyville neighborhood, police said.

William Miles, 50, of an unidentified address in south suburban Glenwood, was charged at 5 a.m. with one count of attempting to disarm a police officer, according to police.

Officers responded late Saturday to a 911 call near North Clark and West Addison streets and saw Miles trying to restrain an off-duty Chicago Police officer, according to a police report.

When he identified himself as an off-duty officer, Miles hit him twice in the face and allegedly said: “I don’t care of you’re the mother f—— police, I’ll ice your ass” while reaching into his jacket, according to a police report.

In fear for his safety, the officer drew his service weapon and again announced his office, but Miles tried to forcibly disarm him by grabbing the weapon, causing it to discharge. No one was struck.

Miles was placed into custody at 11:35 p.m. at 3540 N. Clark St. and taken to Belmont Area headquarters.

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  • Jaye

    How can someone off duty carry a gun and fear for their safety? If anything, the un-armed man feared for his safety. I fear for mine every time I see these keystone cops driving around. What protection do I have? That’s why police brutality is up. They’re the worst gang out there…..just ask the woman who was beaten to a pulp on camera by the OFF DUTY POLICE OFFICER who was a drunk but only received two years probation. Sickening.

  • JOE


    • barbara s

      Joe, Why are you complaining about the writer’s terrible grammar, when you left the caps lock button on?

  • Emily Post

    Joe, you also mispelled schooling plus forgot the period at the end of your response.

  • Tina

    You might also want to reconsider your sentence structure including the use of punctuation. Barbara and Emily did well offering constructive criticism on the main parts of your post.

  • Kaleem

    I think the Chicago police training process needs to be reevaluated. The greatest percentage of those, who successfully complete Chicago police academy training are NOT professionals.When a young marine corp recruit leaves bootcamp (by example) there is a distinct noticeable change that can be seen in all that he says and does. The same cannot be said for police academy graduates. Take notes from US Marine Corp Bootcamp CPD, you might get a better finished product !

  • Centurion

    Cops in bars are usually drunk, obnoxious and beligerent. You can see Anthony Abbate for additional details on that. So, an argument escalates where the drunk cop pulls out a g un to threaten an unarmed man? so far, sounds like the victim here is Miles…he was assaulted by a cop..a cop with a gun..he tried to defend himself…cause..the cop had a g un and would have shot him…and said he was defending himself…..while drunk of course….and then Miles is arrested for defending himself against the Chicago Coverup Police Dept. You can see Anthony Abbate for details on drunken cop coverups too.

    so, how about Miles side of the story?

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  • No Ghettos

    Ghetto folks, please stay out of my neighborhood!

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