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Another Brainiac: Points Gun at Police, Rams Car into Cruiser

I think that we do a pretty good job of pointing out that often the best way to avoid crime is to outwit the criminal. While this probably isn’t the first thought that comes to mind if you’re involved in an altercation as a victim, being aware of your situation and location at all times will help you at least prepare your mental reaction. The biggest thing to overcome when the victim of a crime is the shock; however, if you’ve prepared yourself by at least knowing your surroundings, location, and any possible problems you may encounter, that shock will be lessened.

Anyway, I digress. Back to the desperate, soon-to-be-convicted felon. His name is Jason Shelley, age 29, from the far South Side of Chicago; he pointed a gun at officers and then took his vehicle and smashed it into their police car. This happened in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Shelley was fleeing from, of all things, a traffic stop. Nice.

The chase and arrest began about 1 a.m. in the Pullman neighborhood when the officers pulled the suspect’s vehicle over for a traffic violation. As the officers got out of the cruiser, the driver stomped on the gas and fled. The officers gave chase. During the flight and subsequent chase, the fleeing car hit a light pole, and as officers neared, the suspect pointed a gun at the officers. Shelly then put his car in reverse and rammed the officers’ squad car, jumped out and ran. He was arrested a short time later.

The traffic stop has turned into a felony charge plus a couple misdemeanors for Shelly, who once lived on West 111th Street. He is being charged with felony criminal damage for the police car crash as well as two misdemeanor chargers of aggravated assault. One for pointing the weapon at the officers, and the other for hitting their car. He was also given tickets for driving on a suspended license and without insurance.

The chase and arrest began about 1 a.m. in the Pullman neighborhood when the officers pulled the suspect’s vehicle over for a traffic violation. As the officers got out of the cruiser, the driver stomped on the gas and fled. The officers gave chase. During the flight and subsequent chase, the fleeing car hit a light pole, and as officers neared, the suspect pointed a gun at the officers. Shelly then put his car in reverse and rammed the officers’ squad car, jumped out and ran. He was arrested a short time later.