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Detective, prosecutor testify Dante Servin said he feared for his life when he shot civilians

(CHICAGO) A Chicago Police detective and Cook County prosecutor testified Thursday that Dante Servin told them he opened fire toward a group of West Side partygoers because he saw a gun pointed at him.

“He thought for sure he was going to get shot,” lead Detective Ed Heerdt said, testifying for the prosecution in Servin’s involuntary manslaughter trial.

Servin, an off-duty Chicago Police detective, fatally shot 22-year-old Rekia Boyd and injured her friend Antonio Cross after confronting them and two others about the raucous gathering by his home near Douglas Park, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Servin told Heerdt and prosecutor Maria Burnett that Cross reached into his waistband, pulled out a dark gun and charged toward him in the early morning hours of March 21, 2012.

Servin even relayed to Burnett that he thought a bullet hit him when he felt “something” by his head as he sat in his Mercedes near an alley at 15th Street and Albany Avenue.

“He believed he had been shot, so he reached for his weapon,” Burnett said.

Servin was not wounded or attacked, prosecutors said, arguing that all Cross was armed with was his cellphone.

Chicago Police Detective Mark Regal testified Thursday that no weapons turned up on the scene after an hours-long search.

But Burnett said Servin believed Cross “had a gun and got rid of it.”

Burnett said Servin, now 46, walked her through the chain of events leading to Boyd’s death when she was prosecuting Cross’ aggravated assault case tied to the shootings.

The misdemeanor charge against Cross was eventually dismissed.

Servin had told Burnett that minutes before Boyd was shot in the back of her head, he smelled marijuana wafting from the park when he pulled up to his home after a long day serving as an election judge.

He went inside, called 911 to complain about the revelers, and then came back outside to get a hamburger when he saw Boyd and her three friends at the mouth of the alley, Burnett said Servin told her.

Heerdt said Servin then got into his car, drove out slowly to the group and told them to keep the noise down.

“No one will call the police if you’re quiet,” Heerdt said Servin told them. “People live here.”

As he tried to take a turn, Servin told Heerdt, he heard someone say, “I don’t give a f—” and looked up to see Cross running toward him “aggressively and quickly.”

Servin “tucked in and braced” because he thought he’d get shot, Heerdt said.

“Don’t! Don’t! Police! Police!” Heerdt said Servin said he screamed before opening fire.

The first two shots came “quick,” but Servin told Burnett he intentionally aimed at Cross for the last three shots.

Cross fled the scene but then returned, repeatedly saying, “It was a misunderstanding,” Servin told Heerdt.

“You tried to shoot me. Tell the truth,” Servin allegedly told Cross.

Servin said that the surveillance camera at his home was “inoperable and I was satisfied with that” answer, Heerdt said.

Defense attorneys asked Judge Dennis Porter to drop the charges against Servin after prosecutors rested their case Thursday.

“He only shot in self-defense,” Servin’s attorney, Darren O’Brien, said.

Prosecutor Bill Delaney noted that only Servin had a weapon, which he fired at unarmed civilians.

Porter said he will rule on the defense’s motion when the case continues on Monday afternoon.

If the motion is denied, defense attorneys plan to call Boyd and Cross’ friend — Mantise Stevenson — on the stand.

Servin also is facing charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct.

— Chicago Sun-Times

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Elmwood Park man charged with using vehicle as weapon

(CHICAGO) A west suburban man has been charged with intentionally hitting two men with his vehicle early Monday in the Belmont Heights neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

Christopher Ramirez, 22, hit the men with his vehicle about 4:20 a.m. while they were standing on a sidewalk in the 3200 block of North Ozark, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

One of the victims, a 31-year-old man, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood in critical condition, police said. The other man, 30, was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was listed in serious condition.

Ramirez drove off and was arrested a short time later by Elmwood Park police, who were notified about the incident by Chicago Police, according to the statement. Three passengers – a male and two females — were in the vehicle with him at the time of the attack, although none of the passengers were charged.

Ramirez and the male passenger were taken to Community First Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized, police said. The other passengers were not injured.

Ramirez, of the 7300 block of West North Avenue in Elmwood Park, is charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of street gang contact by a parolee, police said. He is expected to appear in bond court Wednesday.

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Indiana man arrested with gun at O’Hare

(CHICAGO) An Indiana man was arrested Tuesday morning with a handgun and loaded magazine in his carry-on bag at O’Hare International Airport.

Brian R. Hardman, 47, faces one felony count of attempt to board an aircraft with a weapon and one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a weapon, according to Chicago Police.

He was arrested at a security checkpoint after a 9 mm handgun and a loaded magazine — containing live ammunition — were discovered in one of his carry-on bags, police said.

Hardman, of the 1200 block of Longmeadow Way in Evansville, Ind., is scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday.

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