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Chicago man who walked into police station pointed gun at officer charged with assault


A man accused of entering a Chicago police station and pointing a gun at officers, leading police to shoot and injure him, was due in court on Friday for assault.

The police department said in a news release that Terrick Bland, 43, of nearby Maywood, is charged with five counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and one count of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon.

Police say Bland walked into the lobby of the Ogden District Station in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city’s West Side on Wednesday and began shouting anti-police statements. When officers ordered him to drop a gun he had wrapped in a plastic bag, he pointed it at officers and at least three of them opened fire.

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Bland was shot in the shoulder and treated in a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

An Illinois man who walked into a police station and pointed a gun at police is facing assault charges.

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It was the second time in just over a week that Chicago officers shot and killed an armed suspect inside a police station.

On September 26, police shot and injured Donald Patrick, 47, of Waukegan, after authorities said he climbed an emergency exit at another West Side station, entered the building, grabbed handguns on a table and allegedly pointed them at officers who were undergoing SWAT training. Patrick was arrested and charged with burglary and aggravated assault on an officer using a firearm. He remains in jail.

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After Wednesday’s shooting, Brown said the department was reviewing what could be done to enhance security at police stations.

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