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Bond denied for a Chicago man accused of shooting a Lombard police officer. – Bob Berlin

LOMBARD – DuPage County Attorney Robert Berlin and Lombard Police Chief Roy Newton announced today that the loan has been denied to a Chicago man accused of shooting a Lombard police officer. Romaine Turner, 21 (born 12/9/1999) on the 700 block of N. Menard Avenue, appeared at a bond hearing this morning when Judge Margaret O’Connell granted the state’s motion to reject the bond. Turner has been charged with grave firing charges (Class X crimes), once for habitual armed criminals (Class X crimes), and once for the unlawful use or possession of a weapon by a felon (Class 3 crimes). Turner is currently in custody for Armed Habitual Criminal, a Class X felon, of Cook County.

At around 8:30 a.m. on October 21, 2021, the Lombard Police Department in Area 1 West St. Charles Road answered a call about a suspicious incident involving two men in ski masks going to 7-Eleven. Upon arrival, an officer allegedly met Turner and another man outside of the 7-Eleven. While the officer was talking to the men, another Lombard police vehicle pulled into the parking lot, to which Turner allegedly escaped on foot. One of the officers is said to have followed Turner on his escape. It is further alleged that when Turner was running, he was holding an item in his hand while he was running. It is alleged that Turner ran around the corner of a building and that as the officer turned the corner, Turner raised a handgun in the direction of the officer and fired a shot at the officer. It is alleged that Turner continued to escape after the shot was fired. Turner was arrested later that morning when officers were conducting a search along West St. Charles Road.

“There is absolutely no reason that Mr Turner should have received a cash deposit when he was first charged as a habitual armed criminal,” said Berlin. “Giving a twice convicted felon the opportunity to leave a relatively small bail, which in the Cook County’s case of Mr. Turner is only $ 2,500, puts the public and law enforcement at risk, as alleged in this case. I commend the Lombard Police Department for their speedy arrest of the defendant on this case and the Villa Park Police Department for their help. I also thank Attorneys Kelly McKay and Nicole Wilkes-English for their work in enforcing heavy charges against Mr. Turner. “

“I would like to thank our responding officers for their efforts and the Villa Park Police Department for their invaluable help in arresting the suspect,” Newton said. “I would like to thank the numerous civilians who provided our officers with valuable information that enabled us to arrest the suspect quickly. I would also like to thank the public prosecutor’s office, Bob Berlin, for providing legal advice on this case.

Turner’s next trial is scheduled for November 9, 2021 for indictment before Judge O’Connell. Both Class X crimes are not parole, and if Turner is found guilty, he faces a sentence of between ten and forty-five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The public is reminded that this lawsuit contains only charges and is not evidence of the guilt of the accused. A defendant is presumed innocent and has the right to a fair trial, in which it is the duty of the government to prove beyond any doubt that he is guilty.

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