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Man charged with shooting Chicago police officer

A man was denied bail Saturday after being charged with shooting at two Chicago police officers — seriously wounding one of them — when they tried to pull over a vehicle on the South Side in June.

Jabari Edwards, 28, was arrested July 13 in Iowa by CPD officers and members of the US Marshal Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force. He now faces two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, police announced Saturday.

Prosecutors said during a bail hearing Saturday that the gun used in the shooting was owned by a witness who knows Edwards, who had borrowed the witness’s car and had access to their home.

The shooting happened about 5:45 pm June 1 near in the 1600 block of West 64th Street.

Two officers in a marked squad car tried to stop a car but it sped off, then slowed allowing the officers to pull alongside, police said previously.

Shots were fired from the car and the officer behind the wheel was hit in the shoulder, Police Supt. David Brown said hours after the attack.

Her partner jumped into the driver’s seat and took her to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was initially in critical but stable condition.

Two people fled on foot after crashing the car near 64th and Bishop streets. A SWAT team searched nearby buildings but no one was arrested. A gun and car keys were recovered near the scene, Brown said.

In response to the prosecution’s case, an attorney for Edwards said the evidence was “pieces of a puzzle that are insufficient.”

Edwards doesn’t have a violent criminal history, but “this case is as violent as it gets,” a Cook County judge said when ordering Edwards held without bail.

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