A Chicago police officer was charged with a felony after allegedly shooting at carjackers who stole her SUV outside an Evergreen Park store Saturday evening, according to court documents.
Oneta Sampson Carney, 58, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony, a bond proffer stated.
At approximately 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Carney and her husband were loading groceries into their Toyota 4Runner SUV at the Evergreen Park Sam's Club when three male individuals approached. Two of the individuals asked Carney's husband if he needed help while the third person opened the driver's side door, entered the SUV and took off, the document stated.
As the suspect drove away, Carney and her husband ran after the vehicle, but at one point, the driver stopped as one of the other individuals ran toward the SUV.
Once he started driving again, Carney, who was off-duty at the time, discharged her handgun, striking the ground behind the vehicle as it drove away.
No one was injured, and the vehicle wasn't struck by gunfire, prosecutors stated. Carney called 911 about the incident, but didn't report that she discharged her weapon until officers arrived on scene.
According to prosecutors, none of the suspects made any threats toward Carney or her husband, and none displayed a gun.
Hours later, six people were taken into custody after an stolen SUV, believed to be Carney's vehicle, crashed while fleeing police in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood.
While trying to elude officers, the vehicle hit another car in traffic in the 200 block of West Wacker Drive, police stated. Six males then jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to run away, but were all apprehended by police.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested for felony possession of a stolen vehicle, felony aggravated fleeing and issued citations for disobeying a red light, according to law enforcement.
Four boys, ranging in age from 11 to 16 years old, were each arrested on a charge of misdemeanor criminal trespass.