On July 29 a young man allegedly fired two shots from a sawed-off shot gun at an Evanston police officer.

According to a statement prepared by Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer for the Evanston Police Department, on July 29, at approximately 2:55 a.m., police officers on a walking patrol observed a disturbance with a large group of people on the street in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue. One police officer who responded observed two persons arguing in a way that appeared to be escalating into a physical confrontation. The officer sought to intervene and shined his flashlight at these individuals.

One of the individuals grabbed his waistband and crouched over, in what appeared to be an effort to conceal something. When the officer approached, the individual began to flee the area on foot. The officer pursued.

While the chase was underway, the individual turned and faced the officer, and fired two shots from a sawed-off shotgun, narrowly missing the officer, and striking an adjacent structure, according to Cmdr. Guenther. The officer was then forced to take cover while the individual continued to flee on foot. Other police officers assisted in the chase and recovered the shotgun, but were unable to catch the shooter at that time.

Antoine Bouzi, a 19 year-old man, was subsequently arrested on Aug. 3 in Chicago and turned over to Evanston police. Cmdr. Guenther said Mr. Bouzi is being charged with attempted murder of a police officer and related other charges.

Mike Hood, an Assistant State’s Attorney, told the RoundTable that Mr. Bouzi is being held without bond and that the State’s Attorney’s office will seek an indictment within the next few weeks.

Incidents in 2008 Involving Guns

Guns have been used in the commission of at least 20 crimes in Evanston since Jan. 1:

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In one incident, a man died from the gunshot wounds.

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In six other incidents, seven people suffered gunshots wounds to the foot, the calf, the leg, the buttocks, or the shoulder.

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In 12 incidents, guns were used in connection with a burglary or robbery, or attempted robbery.

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In the 20th incident, shots were fired at a police officer.

For a summary listing of the incidents, see the on-line edition of the RoundTable.