$750K bond for man shot by Zion officer during chase

- A man who was shot by a Zion police officer during a chase Tuesday night in the far northern suburb was ordered held on a $750,000 bond Thursday.

Devon Davidson, 24, was charged with felony counts of aggravated fleeing/eluding and aggravated DUI, according to the Lake County state’s attorney’s office.

A few minutes after 11 p.m., a police officer tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation at 29th Street and Galilee Avenue, according to prosecutors and a statement from Zion police.

Davidson did not stop, but parked the vehicle in the 2800 block of Galilee, then ignored the officer’s directions, put the vehicle in reverse and drove off again, police said. A chase began and Davidson’s vehicle crashed into another vehicle parked in a driveway in the 2600 block of 27th Street.

After the crash, Davidson put the vehicle in reverse and struck the Zion squad car, police said. The officer fired a single shot, striking Davidson.

Davidson then drove west toward Lewis Avenue, made a U-turn and drove back to his mother’s home in the 2600 block of 27th Street, police said. The driver then got out of the vehicle and ran into the home, where he was taken into custody.

Officers administered first aid until paramedics arrived and took Davidson to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was treated for a superficial gunshot wound to the chest, police said. He was released back into police custody.

The officer was also taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure, evaluated and release, police said.

Davidson admitted to being drunk and fleeing police because he was driving on a suspended license, prosecutors said. His blood alcohol content was .20.

Davidson, of Zion, was ordered held on a $750,000 cash bond in court Thursday, according to the state’s attorney’s office. He is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 11.

Additional felony charges of possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver were filed Thursday afternoon, state’s attorney spokeswoman Cynthia Vargas said.

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force’s investigation into the shooting is ongoing, spokesman Chris Covelli said. The FBI’s Civil Rights Division in Chicago was also notified.

Earlier this year, a 38-year-old man was shot to death by Zion police. The shooting of Charles Hollstein on Jan. 6 at 22nd and Bethesda Boulevard was ruled justified by the Lake County state’s attorney’s office.

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