Northwestern Cop Accused of Shooting Gun to Celebrate Fourth

Officer told police he had been drinking

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    Wesley Jackson

    A Northwestern University police officer has been arrested, accused of firing a gun into the air while celebrating the Fourth of July, Chicago police said.

    Wesley Jackson, 30, has been charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm, police told the Chicago Tribune.

    Chicago police received a call from University of Chicago police after they heard three shots and saw muzzle flashes from behind a tree in a park, the Tribune reported.

    Prosecutors allege Jackson fired several rounds across Lake Shore Drive and toward Lake Michigan, the Tribune said.

    Jackson explained that he was intoxicated after drinking five beers and that he was "Just shooting at the lake--it's the 4th of July and everyone is doing it," according to a police report obtained by the Tribune.

    Jackson is being held on $50,000 bail, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office told the Tribune.