Felony Charges Filed In Tuesday’s Hamlin Park Shootout

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Luis Zapata, 21, was charged with 6 felonies yesterday in connection with Tuesday's early morning shootout with police. Photo courtesy Chicago Police Department.

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.

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  • aa

    If Zapata was previously convicted for assault to a police officer in February 2012, why was he out on the street 7 months later?

  • harryhamlinpark

    It’s very disconcerting to know this very dangerous gang banger lived in a neighborhood location that is NOT 3111.

    • outspoken1

      I grew up in that neighborhood it wasn’t so nice and yuppie then, but people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, I don’t believe thats the last of gangs, gangs are like roaches, you can get rid of them but they come back…you can lock them up for years but when they get out they go back to what and where they know best.

  • Patricia C.

    There’s something fishy about how they “thought” he had a gun. When supposedly he fired at them. Then there was no gun found later at the scene. Seems to me, they were marked. Especially, since they had a quote from the alderman the same day of the arrest where these were the LAST three gang bangers of the neighborhood. Also, no one mentioned why they initially stopped this car. Sure, three young male Hispanics up to no good at 2am, but what was the cause of the initial stop? I’ m all for cleaning up my neighborhood, but seems something’s not quite right here. Moral of the story, don’t be hanging out in my Rosco neighborhood young minority men.

  • inad316

    he’s chief(leader) of his set(area). all scums. too bad his family is nice. in another article the officers shot at the suspects running because the suspects moved in a way that they thought they had a gun. i know they are criminals but this is a bull excuse to shoot at them. exactly what Patricia said below me. the two cops split up and both shot while running yet no gun was found.

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