Chicago man, out on bail for violence charge, accused of shooting at Lombard police officer
Bail was denied Friday for a Chicago man accused of shooting at a Lombard police officer.
Romaine Turner, 21, of the 700 block of North Menard Avenue, is charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, being an armed habitual criminal, and unlawful use or possession of a weapon by a felon, according to a news release from the DuPage County state's attorney's office.
Police responded around 8:30 a.m. Thursday to the 0-100 block of West St. Charles Road for a call about two men wearing ski masks entering a 7-Eleven store.
The men were outside the store when police arrived, and Turner ran away. An officer pursued him. Turner ran around the corner of a building and then fired a gun at the officer.
The officer was not injured.
Turner was arrested later that morning.
At the time, Turner was free on a $2,500 bond on Cook County charges of being an armed habitual criminal.
"There is absolutely no reason whatsoever that Mr. Turner should have been given a cash bond the first time he was charged as an armed habitual criminal," State's Attorney Robert Berlin said. "Providing a twice-convicted felon the opportunity to post a relatively small bond, just $2,500 in Mr. Turner's Cook County case, put the public and law enforcement at great risk, as alleged in this case."
Turner's next court date is Nov. 9.
If convicted of the most serious charges, Turner could be sentenced to 10 to 45 years in prison.