Man Fighting Charges After Cop Pulled Gun On Him At Wal-Mart

YORKVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — A Montgomery man was in court Wednesday to fight charges he pushed a Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy at a Wal-Mart store in Oswego, and ended up having a gun pointed at his chest.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, Jason Thurmond, 38, stands charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly shoving the off-duty Kendall County Sheriff’s deputy – who Thurmond did not know was a police officer – at the Oswego Wal-Mart on Super Bowl Sunday.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

Thurmond is fighting the charges.

“Whenever someone pulls a gun, and the person he points it at gets charged, that’s wrong,” said Thurmond’s attorney, Richard Irvin, who also is an Aurora alderman.

Thurmond was in court Wednesday, but the case was continued to give Wal-Mart time to get the video of the incident together.

Thurmond said it all started with an argument between the officer, who was in street clothes, and Thurmond’s pregnant wife, over how many items she had in the checkout line in the Wal-Mart at 2300 Route 34 in Oswego. Thurmond had stepped out of line and returned, he says, to find the man yelling at his wife.

Thurmond told the man to get into another line. At that point, Thurmond, who is 5 feet 5 inches tall and 355 pounds according to court records, said the off-duty deputy stepped toward him.

Thurmond admits he then shoved the deputy. At that point, the officer pulled out his gun and pointed it at Thurmond’s chest, Thurmond said.

At that point, the officer drew his gun, leading confused shoppers to call 911. The officer can be heard ordering Thurmond to “get on the ground” in the background o fht etapes.

Thurmond has filed a complaint with the sheriff’s office. Irvin said the entire incident was from a ridiculous argument.

Thurmond’s wife has since delivered her baby, and both mother and baby are fine, Irvin said.

The Aurora Beacon-News contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Me

    Congrats to Thurmond for fighing this obvious abuse of power and inflated ego of a law officer. This officer was wrong, wrong, wrong…

    With a lawsiut will the coward’s name finally be release?

  • Cop or no cop

    Just Axin, you sound like the type that would never defend your woman even if she was pregnant. Ladies, put this guy on your list of don’t touch, don’t look, DO toss!!!

  • juju

    Ladies, do not worry, Just Axin still lives at home with his mother and his dead dog Buddy. But if you like Old Milwaukee, he may be the one you have been waiting for. Go get him, girls.

  • Joe

    I think the moral of this story is, never put your hands on anyone. You never know if they are a cop, off duty. Keep your hands to yourself and control your anger. If you believe someone is out of hand, tell someone from the store. YOU CANNOT GO AROUND SHOVING PEOPLE! People who think they are justified to take the law into their own hands are just as bad as the criminals on the street!!!!!!!!! No one likes a bully!

    • Me

      Cop or not…you don’t know if the person you are pushing is carrying a gun and will pull it at the slightest provocation.

    • Imustbestupid

      iI think the bully in this story was the cop. Most cops are bullies because they can arrest someone and hde behind their badge. The cop new was he was doing by enticing this man to shove him. It’s easy to sit back and criticize Joe but you weren’t there. I assume you’re a macho cop. A off duty cop should not be albe to carry a gun!!!!

    • Jerry

      Is it okay to go around yelling at and frightening pregnant women Joe? The baby and moms life were put at risk by the action and reaction of this cop.

  • Afro

    The cop was yelling at a pregnant woman, he was endangering her and her baby, getting her upset could have been deadly for both her and the baby. This cop should be charged for something.

  • GO Southside

    Moral of the story count your items before you get in line! If you have more then the number posted on the sign. Then go to the next line and we all will live in peace.
    We all have experienced this at one time or another. Yes it does get people mad when someone has five items vs 15 items. that is why there are express lanes and regular lanes.
    I don’t justified pulling out a gun, there more tact ways of going about it. yes there will always be lash back but when someone is in the right their in the right .

    • Joe

      Don’t forget the other basic shopping rule that most of us are aware of. You can’t hold up a line to send someone back into the store to grab something you forgot. Check out, retrieve the item and get back into line.

    • Me

      I was at this Walmart last night, in the express lane and had someone complain about the number of items I was buying. I had 3 gallons of milks, a pair of 24-can sodas, 2 packs of oreos, 4 frozen pizzas and 5 each oranges and grapefruits. Yeah that totals 21 items. If i had grabbed a bags for the oranges and grapefruits, would going thru the express lane be OK because at that point my 21 items would have dropped to 13?

      • Jim

        That is correct!

  • sm7

    Cop should at least be reprimanded if not sent for training and/or suspended for a few days – seems like he originated a conflict and escalated it through several stages and was reckless pulling a gun in a crowded shop

  • Jerry

    The officer risked putting the woman in early labor, it could have killed her and the baby, if the guy would have killed the cop it would have been justifiable. Shoving the cop is nothing and in uniform or not he has no right to endanger innocent lives including those around him in the store after going nuts with his gun.

  • Jerry

    There have been lots of times when I had more than the limit, and the checker told me I’ll take you here sir, as all of the other lanes were full and she or he was doing nothing. Then have people come up behind me and start complaining so, there you have it.

  • hey y'all

    If there are more than 3 people in a line, they are supposed to open another lane, according to WalMart, but that usually doesn’t happen. I have stood in line at WallyWorld for at least 20-30 because they only have two to three lanes open and fifty customers waiting.

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