A 19-year-old man who pointed a gun at officers during a South Side chase Saturday night was charged this morning with aggravated assault with a firearm, authorities said.
Junior Adziwonou of the 8900 block of South Normal Avenue was charged with one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a loaded gun, three counts of aggravated assault of an officer with a firearm and one misdemeanor count of possessing a firearm without a valid gun card, said police. He was ordered held on a $50,000 bond in bond court Sunday.
About 10 p.m. Saturday, police were alerted to a man with a gun near the intersection of East 76th Street and South Luella Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood, authorities said.
The man was part of a group of three people who appeared intent on robbing a pizza delivery driver, a police source said. The driver drove off and was not injured.
When officers arrived, they spotted three people walking down 76th Street and stopped the three for questioning, according to Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of the Police.
One of the three, a 19-year-old man, took off running southbound, into an alley west of Luella, Camden said.
A police car followed the man, and halfway down the alley he slipped and fell with a gun in his hand, Camden said.
"As he gets up, he turns," Camden said. "He points the gun at the officers."
Police fired at the man, who continued running through a vacant lot and jumped a fence with police close behind, Camden said. The man was taken into custody soon after, he said. Officials initially said a bullet grazed the man in the elbow, but about 7 a.m. Sunday morning, police said authorities had determined his injury was not a gunshot wound.
The man was treated and released from Jackson Park Hospital.
Police recovered a .357-caliber chrome revolver from the scene, Camden said. It was not immediately clear whether the two people the man was with were taken into custody as well.
Tribune reporter Geoff Ziezulewicz contributed.Copyright © 2015, RedEye