Northwest Side

Chicago Bar Patron Shot by Man Questioning His Citizenship

An argument allegedly broke out between the two at a bar on the Northwest Side

michael groh
Chicago Police

Police say a man posing as a Chicago police officer shot another man in the face with a pellet gun during an argument at a bar in which he questioned the victim's citizenship and national origin.

The suspect, 45-year-old Michael Groh, has been charged with a felony hate crime, impersonation of a peace officer and aggravated battery. He was scheduled to appear in court Saturday.

It was not clear if he already had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

The argument took place around 1 a.m. Friday in the 2900 block of N. Pulaski on the Northwest Side, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The victim was hospitalized and remains in serious condition after Groh allegedly shot him in the face and the back of the head.

Witnesses say the shooter identified himself as a police officer.

Chicago police say Groh had badges and handcuffs but is not an officer.

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