Chicago man with prior arrest charged with police officer's murder
Chicago suspect Steven Montano has one previous arrest that was a dropped misdemeanor charge
An 18-year-old Illinois man has been formally charged in the death of a Chicago police officer who was shot and killed during a chase Wednesday.
Steven Montano, a Chicago resident, faces several charges, including first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and interfering with reporting domestic violence in the death of Officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso.
Vasquez-Lasso, 32, was responding around 4:45 p.m. as Montano was chasing a woman across the street from an elementary school on the city's South Side, authorities said.
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The officer was shot several times and Montano was shot in the head during a gunfire exchange. Vasquez-Lasso was rushed to the Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he died. Montano remains hospitalized.
The shooting occurred as children were playing at a school, witnesses said. Maria Davila told FOX Chicago she was at home watching a movie on her phone when the shooting happened. She went to her window and saw a man down in a parking lot next to the playground holding his chest and shouting.
Vasquez-Lasso was also on the ground and not moving, she said.
"Shoot me, shoot me," Davila said the man on the ground yelled at a second officer who was standing between him and Vasquez-Lasso.
Authorities have not released many details about Montano, but FOX Chicago reported he has one prior arrest when he was taken into custody last year after running from a stolen car that was wanted in a shooting.
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He was charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing a peace officer, which was dropped months later. Prosecutors declined to file felony charges, according to an arrest report obtained by the news outlet.