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Three Men Charged In Shooting Of Chicago Police Officer Who Tried To Break Up Fight

Chicago, IL – Police have arrested three men in connection with the shooting of an off-duty third generation Chicago police officer who was trying to break up a fight outside a bar in the city’s Beverly neighborhood early on Saturday morning.

The incident began at about 2 a.m. on July 9 at Sean’s Rhino Bar & Grille near 104th Street and Western Avenue, CBS News reported.

There was an altercation between two groups inside the bar that spilled out into the street, according to WLS.

Chicago Alderman Matt O’Shea said Chicago Police Officer Daniel Golden was off-duty but he still tried to break up the fight.

O’Shea said that as the fight continued, Officer Daniel Golden announced he was a police officer and that was when someone started shooting, WLS reported.

Ring cameras on houses in the neighborhood captured video of the moment that automatic gunfire erupted on the street.

Officer Golden was shot in the back in the 2400-block of West 104th Street.

He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in a squad car by responding Chicago police officers, the Chicago Journal reported.

Police said that a bullet struck Officer Golden’s spine and lodged in his chest, CBS News reported.

The officer’s fiancée told WLS the bullet lodged between his heart and lungs and only missed tearing into a valve by one millimeter.

But she said he is in good spirits and that friends and family have rallied behind him.

“I believe he saved lives that night getting people away as this individual was spraying the crowd with gun fire… machine gun,” O’Shea said told WLS.

His friends said that Officer Golden is the kind of person that would not have stood by and done nothing, WLS reported.

“He’s a cop’s cop,” friend Liam Hopkins explained. “He’s been on the police force for six years, going on seven. He’s an Army veteran.”

“All he’s done his whole life was selflessly give to others and care for others,” Hopkins added.

Police arrested three men in connection with the shooting of Officer Golden early on Tuesday morning, the Beverly Review reported.

Officials said 28-year-old Demitrius Harrell has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Harrell was also wanted on an out-of-state warrant when he was apprehended, the Beverly Review reported.

Police said 22-year-old Bryant Hayes has been charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon with no FCCA and two counts of aggravated battery -discharging a firearm.

And 22-year-old Justen Krismantis was charged with two counts of aggravated battery -discharging a firearm, one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon with no FCCA, and resisting a peace officer, according to the Beverly Review.

All three men were scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday.

Officer Golden remains in stable condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Sources told CBS News that Officer Golden is now paralyzed from the waist down.

The wounded hero’s aunt has set up a GoFundMe to help raise money for Officer Golden’s recovery.

Officer Golden, who turned 32 yesterday, is a third-generation police officer who was sworn into the Chicago Police Department with his brother, Chicago Police Officer Michael Golden, at Navy Pier in October of 2016, the Beverly Review reported.

Their great-great grandfather, Chicago Police Lieutenant James F. Day, was killed in the line of duty in 1934.

The Goldens’ grandfather is a retired Chicago police lieutenant and their father is a retired Chicago police detective, according to the Beverly Review.

Their uncle currently serves with them on the Chicago police force.

Officer Golden is also a U.S. Army veteran, the Beverly Review reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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