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Bond set at $750K for shooting suspect

Evanston police say the suspect in last Friday’s shooting incident on the city’s west side was ordered held on $750,000 bond at a hearing in district court in Skokie today.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says officers on patrol spotted Stephen A. Adams, 17, of 9323 Hamlin Ave. in Des Plaines, shooting at people who were riding in a car near the intersection of Church Street and Dodge Avenue about 8:14 p.m.

Guenther says that when he saw the officers, Adams fled into an alley. The officers pulled their car into the alley, where it slid on ice and hit the stairway of a building.

The officers then chased the suspect on foot and ordered him to stop.

The officers say Adams fell to the ground, but got back up, turned toward them and raised his arm. At that point, Guenther says, one officer fired two shots at him, striking him once in the left shoulder.

Police say they recovered a .380 semi-automatic handgun and shell casings at the scene.

Adams was treated at Evanston North Shore Hospital and released into police custody.

Guenther says the state’s attorney’s office filed two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated discharge of a firearm and defacing identification marks on a firearm against Adams.

He’s now being held at the county jail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 8 a.m. on Feb. 7 at the Skokie courthouse.

The state police integrity unit and the state’s attorney’s office are investigating the use of force by the police, and the two officers have been assigned to administrative duties, as is routine in such cases.

Guenther says it may be several weeks before that investigation is completed.

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