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Two Charged With Firing Shots at Off-Duty Police Officer

The officer was driving his personal car when an SUV approached and people inside began yelling gang slogans and then firing shots

Two men have been charged after gunshots were fired at an off-duty Chicago Police officer Thursday night in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side.

Gustavo VillaGomez, 27, and Kevin Martinez, 20, both face one felony count of aggravated assault of a peace officer with a weapon, according to a statement from Chicago Police. VillaGomez was also cited for driving on a revoked license and Martinez was on bond for a previous firearm-related charge.

At about 10:55 p.m. Thursday, the off-duty officer was at a red light in his personal vehicle in the 2600 block of West Division when an SUV approached on the passenger side and people inside yelled gang slogans at him, police said.

He identified himself as a Chicago Police officer and began to drive away, when the SUV followed and its occupants fired shots in his direction, police said. No one was injured.

The officer then drove to the Shakespeare District police station and gave a description of the SUV’s occupants, police said.

VillaGomez, of the 3200 block of South Lawndale, and Martinez, of the 1500 block of South 59th Avenue in Cicero, were apprehended a short time later and positively identified by the officer, police said. They were both scheduled to appear in bond court Sunday.

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