The Chicago Police charged two men Tuesday evening in connection with that day’s early morning shootout on the block of 2200 W. Barry Ave. near Hamlin Park. The alleged shooter, Luis Zapata, is a Hamlin Park resident with a number of prior felonies.
According to a police spokesman, Zapata, Michael Munoz, and two other men, riding in a sedan on Barry Ave. were stopped by a uniformed officers in marked squad car for a traffic stop. Zapata then allegedly fired two shots at the officer from inside his vehicle, bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
“During the course of their run,” says Police Media Affairs spokesman Ofc. Enrico Mirabelli, “[the alleged offenders] made indication that they were armed with a handgun…and the officers feared for their safety.”
The police then apprehended and arrested Zapata, Munoz and one other unnamed man.
Zapata, 21, is from the 2900 block of North Seeley Ave. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer, two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member, all felony charges.
Charges were charged late yesterday evening. Zapata is expected to appear in bond court today.
According to police, Zapata was previously convicted for aggrevated assault to a police officer in February 2012 and he has felony convictions for battery and for drug possession.
Michael Munoz, 27, of the 1300 block of West Winnemac Ave. in Uptown, was also in the car and charged with aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.
The third man arrested on Monday morning was not charged.