Off-Duty Police Officer in Chicago Shot, Man Charged with Shooting

© Chicago Police Department Raphael Jordan
© Chicago Police Department
Raphael Jordan

A man charged with shooting an off-duty Chicago police officer with her own gun was ordered held without bail Sunday. 

Raphael Jordan, 48, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery of a police officer, disarming a police officer, and burglary in the shooting about 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the 2200 block of East 69th Street.

“You pose a threat and a danger to everyone,” Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. told Jordan.

Thursday morning, the off-duty officer was working as a security guard for a construction company in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood when she saw Jordan carrying a hammer drill from a nearby trailer, said Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn.

The officer, 37, walked over to investigate, and Jordan dropped the tool and ran to a nearby van that belonged to the dry cleaning service where he worked, Quinn said. A woman in the van was “screaming” for Jordan to stop because the woman was a police officer, he said.

With the van’s driver-side door still open, the off-duty officer stood partly inside the moving van, caught between the door and a door frame as she held on to the top of the van, repeatedly telling Jordan to stop, she was a police officer, Quinn said. Jordan “attempted to throw the victim” by swerving from side to side and hitting four vehicles before crashing the van into an empty vehicle, Quinn said.

The van stopped and Jordan grabbed the officer’s gun, which she had pulled out as she ran toward the van, Quinn said. He fired once, hitting the off-duty officer first in the thigh and then in the calf, according to an arrest report.

She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released, according to an arrest report.

Jordan’s phone fell on the ground, and police used that to identify him, Quinn said. The officer also identified him in a photo lineup, he said.

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Source: Chicago Tribune | Sarah Freishtat

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