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Prosecutors said Tuesday that a man on probation shot a Chicago police officer in the face on Monday, saying “you will die”.

Jovan McPherson, 23, has been charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and several other offenses in connection with the incident. At the time of the shooting, he was on probation for drug possession in neighboring Kane County and fled and escaped arrest, Granthshala associates, WFLD TV informed of.


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On Tuesday, Cook County prosecutors said the incident began when McPherson became upset with a 21-year-old woman who was driving her to an errand.

During the ride, she received a call from her child’s father, who harassed McPherson and allegedly prompted him to take his cellphone and pull out the gun. Prosecutors said that at one point, he held a weapon against her head and threatened to kill her.

While driving on a highway, he allegedly forced her to exit and park in the parking lot of a strip mall. The woman sought help from an employee of Ulta Beauty Shop when Macpherson chased her, officials said.

A gun was recovered from the site where a Chicago police officer was shot in the face on Monday.

Another employee caught the attention of officers in the parking lot. As McPherson left the store, an officer followed him. He reportedly took off the officer’s mask, pushed him and “bear hugged” him before going back to the store.

He then came back out and got back in the woman’s car.

According to the news outlet, “I also found a gun,” McPherson reportedly told one of the officers in the car.

Chicago Superintendent of Police David Brown spoke to reporters Monday about an officer being shot in the face during a response call.

He then took out the gun and the beating started. Prosecutors said McPherson fired three shots and struck an officer in the cheek.

The officer was taken to the hospital and released hours later. On his way home, he stopped near his assigned police station, still wearing a hospital gown.

Prosecutors said the officer’s body-camera footage showed McPherson saying “you will die” after being shot. The injured officer did not fire.

McPherson was arrested on the spot. He later claimed that the officers opened fire on him, while his lawyer claimed that his client may have accidentally opened fire during a struggle for a weapon.

A judge cited his comments after the shooting and ordered McPherson to be kept without bail. He is to appear in court on November 9.

This year, 58 Chicago police officers were shot or shot, the department said. An officer, Ella French, died of her wounds after being shot during an August 7 traffic stop.