Suspect Who Shot Cop: ‘I Should’ve Smoked His A**’
A South Side man who was charged for shooting at a Chicago Police officer said that he wished he would’ve “smoked his a**” while in court Tuesday.
CBS Chicago reports that Kentral Pledger, who is being held without bail, told Judge Adam Bourgeios Jr. that “Chicago Police shot at me first.”
“He shot at me first. So get your story straight, dog. And for that, I should have smoked his a**,” Pledger exclaimed as a sheriff’s deputy carried him away. He then told Judge Bourgeois, who is African-American, “You ain’t Black, you’re white, b****.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Guy Lisuzzo said a picture of Pledger holding the same weapon used in the shooting was posted on social media two hours prior to the incident. Police officers found him hiding under a nearby porch and reported that he did comply.
The police report also say Pledger told police that he left the gun under the porch wrapped in his red T-shirt. The 29-year-old also thanked the arresting officers for not firing at him.
Lisuzzo confirmed that a Chicago police officer was patrolling with others in an unmarked vehicle Monday afternoon when they saw Pledger fidgeting with his belt while walking on the sidewalk.
When Pledger took the gun out of his pants as he ran away, the officer started chasing him down the street. As he ran towards the back end of an alley, he looked back and shot at the officer twice. The officer wasn’t injured and returned fire.
When officers caught up with a shirtless Pledger, they found a .40 caliber handgun under the porch in a T-shirt, along with heroin in the suspect’s wallet.
Pledger admitted to firing the gun and was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer, aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.