Gang member charged in shooting of unoccupied cop car in Chicago, police say

Joshua Carrasquillo | Chicago police

A 25-year-old alleged gang member is charged in connection with shooting at an unoccupied police car Thursday in Montclare on the Northwest Side.

Joshua Carrasquillo is charged with one felony count of reckless discharge of a firearm, one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, four felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property, Chicago police said.

No one was injured when he allegedly opened fire about 5:20 p.m. at the marked squad car in the 7100 block of West Diversey Avenue, police said. He was located in the 2700 block of North Neva Avenue after an investigation.

He tried to avoid arrest and allegedly kicked, flailed and twisted an officer’s arm, police said. He was taken into custody and officers recovered a weapon during the incident.

After being detained, Carrasquillo allegedly kicked officers in the face and body, spit on an officer’s face and threatened to kill him, police said. He was taken to a 25th district lockup for processing and allegedly bit one of the keepers in the leg.

Carrasquillo is scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday.