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Former Alderman Charged With Carrying Loaded .357 Magnum

Sharon Dixon ordered held on $25,000 bond

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    Former Alderman Sharon Dixon on Tuesday was ordered held on on $25,000 bond after allegedly walking inside and around a Chicago police station with a loaded .357 magnum over the weekend.

    The 50-year-old was arrested Saturday after officers outside the 10th District station noticed the weapon in a holster around her hip, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto told the Chicago Sun-Times.

    At one point, she reportedly pointed to a car and asked police officers, "Is this D's car?"

    The former 24th Ward alderman was arrested and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

    Prosecutors said her gun was loaded with seven bullets, DNAInfo Chicago reported.

    She was charged Monday was unlawful use of a weapon and possessing a firearm without a license.

    Dixon in 2011 sued three Chicago police officers in connection with a DUI charge two years earlier. The DUI charge was eventually dropped, but Dixon alleged she was treated like "a dangerous, common criminal" following her arrest.

    She was elected to the City Council in 2007 and ousted in 2011, succeeded by Michael Chandler.