CHICAGO (CBS) — A Far South Side man accused of shooting at a Chicago Police officer lashed out at a Cook County judge in court Tuesday, saying he should have just âsmoked his a â ââ after being ordered held without bail, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
âChicago Police shot at me first,â Kentrell Pledger, a reputed Black Disciple gang member, pleaded with Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr.READ MORE: Jensen Elementary Mother Dies From COVID-19 After Daughter Exposed At School
As sheriffâs deputies led Pledger away, his protests grew louder: âHe shot at me first. So get your story straight, dog. And for that, I should have smoked his a â â.â
Pledger then told Bourgeois, who is African-American, âYou ainât black, youâre white, b â â â â â.â
A picture of Pledger holding the same weapon used in the shooting Monday in the 300 block of West 106th was posted on social media two hours earlier, Assistant Stateâs Attorney Guy Lisuzzo said.
When Pledger was arrested after officers found him hiding under a nearby porch, he came out with his hands up, according to a police report.
He allegedly continued to tell the police that he left the gun under the porch wrapped in his red T-shirt.
Pledger, 29, also had one more thing to tell the arresting officers, according to the police report: âThank you for not shooting me.â
The police officer was patrolling with others in an unmarked vehicle about 2:15 p.m. Monday when they saw Pledger walking on the sidewalk, fidgeting with his belt in the 300 block of West 105th, Lisuzzo said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Clear And Quiet Tuesday Night
They pulled alongside Pledger and the uniformed officer started asking him questions, Lisuzzo said.
Pledger ran away as he took a gun out from his pants and the officer started chasing him on foot, Lisuzzo said.
When Pledger ran toward the end of an alley, he looked back and fired twice at the officer, Lisuzzo said.
The officer was not injured, and he returned fire, Lisuzzo said.
Pledger was not hurt and fled, authorities said.
When Pledger was arrested, he was shirtless and officers found a .40-caliber handgun under the porch in a T-shirt, Lisuzzo said. Officers also found suspected heroin in Pledgerâs wallet, Lisuzzo said.
Pledger allegedly admitted to firing a gun at the officer.
Pledger, of the 400 block of West 103rd, was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer, aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.MORE NEWS: Woman Struck And Killed When Car Jumps Curb, Hits Building In Gresham
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