Given what happened in Boulder, Colorado yesterday, most people in all probability missed a really related case that passed off in Chicago over the weekend. Tracey Thomas, 29, reportedly informed police investigators that he wished to lure CPD officers into an ambush and kill as many cops as doable.
Happily the suspect, his junky little Lorcin .380, and a small fortune value of .380 ACP hollow-point ammunition suffered an epic fail. However not earlier than he wounded one cop and one other harmless bystander whereas capturing at folks at each alternative in Chicago’s hardscrabble Austin neighborhood.
Actually, if Thomas, a felon, had a dependable gun as an alternative of the Lorcin, he may need brought about way more mayhem. His first sufferer, driving a motorcycle, noticed the would-be killer attempting to clear a malfunction and shortly rode away. That bike rider suffered a really shut name with bullet holes in his clothes.
Extra clueless residents practically fell sufferer to Thomas, together with one man who took a spherical within the buttocks when he stopped his automotive to examine his tire after listening to popping sounds. It might have been a scene from The Jerk.
The Chicago Solar-Occasions has details of the attempted mass murder of police and others.
A person accused of occurring a capturing spree Saturday in Austin that wounded two folks, together with a Chicago police officer, was attempting to “lure” cops to the realm “as a result of he wished them to kill him,” prosecutors stated Sunday.
Tracey Thomas Jr. was charged with the tried homicide of 5 officers, together with the cop who was shot, in keeping with Chicago police and the Cook dinner County state’s legal professional’s workplace. He wasn’t charged in separate capturing incidents involving civilians. …
Three officers responded; they discovered spent shell casings earlier than they heard extra gunfire and took cowl. At the least one spherical pierced a police SUV, famous Konstantopoulos.
Detectives then heard gunshots coming from that space and noticed Thomas within the alley, Konstantopoulos stated. When he fled west, the detectives tried to chop him off however overpassed him. They then issued an advisory together with his description.
Two different officers responding to a name of photographs fired then obtained out of their car to seek for Thomas. When one of many officers approached a constructing at 205 N. La Crosse Ave., Thomas allegedly shot her within the hand as he positioned himself in a first-floor window.
Ultimately, after twice capturing at responding officers, Thomas opted to gap up in a constructing for a couple of hours. SWAT confirmed up and Mr. Thomas lastly surrendered.
CWB Chicago reported that Thomas is certainly one of a variety of criminals arrested for killing or attempting to kill somebody in Chicago while out of jail under the Land of Lincoln’s “affordable bail” program for the reason that first of the 12 months. Welcome to Homicide Metropolis USA.
Thomas has been AWOL on drug distribution costs since he stopped displaying up for court docket appearances in September, court docket data present. He’s the eleventh individual accused of killing or attempting to kill somebody in Chicago this 12 months whereas on bond for one more felony.
The Solar-Occasions one way or the other forgot to say that tidbit.
As soon as extra, this case proves that the one factor that stops a mentally-unbalanced bully with an illegally possessed gun and evil in his coronary heart is an efficient man with a gun.