Man Charged After SWAT Officer Hurt in Standoff

Police: Man shot woman as she tried to escape

Sunday, Jan 10, 2010  |  Updated 2:11 PM CDT
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Man Charged After SWAT Officer Hurt in Standoff

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Prosecutors have charged a man who allegedly held a woman at gunpoint in a standoff with police that ended with him, the woman and a Chicago police officer injured.

Cortilius Wilson, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated arson and aggravated battery with a firearm, according to a police release.

The violent altercation happened Friday night. Police were called to the 3000 block of W. 19th Street on a domestic dispute. When they arrived, they learned that a man and woman were in a third-floor apartment. The man had a gun, and he wouldn't let the woman leave, police said in a release.

The SWAT team was called in, and negotiations began. But when the woman tried to run out of the apartment, the man opened fire, according to the release. The woman ran into SWAT officers in the hallway, knocking them down. She was hit by gunfire, and in the confusion, one of the officers accidentally shot himself in the foot.

Police said the man set a fire as he tried to escape through a broken window, and also cut himself in the attempt. He was quickly arrested, and was taken to a hospital in serious-to-critical condition.

The 42-year-old woman is in stable but guarded condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. Police said the officer's injuries were not life threatening.

Wilson remained hospitalized Sunday. A mug shot has not yet been released.

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