CHICAGO (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) - A man was charged with shooting retired Chicago Police Department Deputy Chief Fred Coffey in the South Chicago neighborhood Wednesday morning.
Keith Vaughns, 21, was charged with single felony counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm; attempted first-degree murder; aggravated battery with a firearm; and unlawful use of a weapon, according to Chicago Police.
Vaughns, of the 7800 block of South Oglesby, is scheduled to appear in bond court Friday, police said.
Coffey was sitting in a chair in the 2400 block of East 82nd Street about 9:35 a.m. Wednesday when Vaughns walked up and said “Give me everything you got” as he reached for a gun in his backpack, police said.
Vaughns shot Coffey once in the left shoulder, but the 72-year-old was able to return fire, striking Vaughns in his inner left thigh, police said.
Coffey was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition. Vaughns eventually fled the scene in a silver Toyota, but was later caught and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.
Vaughns was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon in 2015 and sentenced to a year in prison, though he was paroled after less than three months, prison records show.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson offered few details about the shooting.
“Gun offenders in Chicago do not discriminate,” Johnson said in a statement.
“Their reckless conduct and lack of respect puts families, public servants and anything that stands in their way at risk. Enough is Enough,” Johnson said.
“Retired Deputy Chief Coffey was a great police officer and public servant to the people of Chicago and I am glad he is okay. I will continue to fight hard for better laws to keep repeat offenders behind bars and I’m asking Chicago to help by giving CPD the tools to keep our community safe,” the statement said.