COPA Recommends Firing of Chicago Officer Who Shot Friend

A jury awarded Michael LaPorta nearly $45 million in 2017

A Chicago police oversight agency has recommended the firing of an officer who shot his friend and lied about it.

In a report completed this summer, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability determined that Officer Patrick J. Kelly shot Michael LaPorta in the head in 2010 after a night of heavy drinking.

Kelly told investigators that LaPorta shot himself in a suicide attempt.

According to COPA's report obtained by the Chicago Tribune , the physical evidence contradicts Kelly's version of events.

The shooting left LaPorta unable to walk, read or live independently.

Kelly's attorney didn't respond to a request for comment Sunday.

LaPorta testified during a civil trial that Kelly shot him after a quarrel.

Kelly hasn't been criminally charged. He was stripped of his police powers, but remains employed by the department.

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