Wednesday, April 03, 2019

River North: Third man charged in murder of off-duty cop

Jaquan Washington | CPD
A third man has been charged in connection with the March 23 shooting that killed off-duty Chicago cop John Rivera and injured another man in River North.

Police today said 22-year-old Jaquan Washington of the New City neighborhood has been charged with one felony count of first-degree murder and three felony counts of attempted first-degree murder. He was taken into custody on Tuesday.

Washington was identified as one of the persons who fired into Rivera’s car in the 700 block of North Clark around 3:25 a.m., wrongly believing that the occupants had been involved in an earlier altercation at a nearby fast food restaurant. Rivera was killed, and his friend was critically wounded in the shooting. Another off-duty officer and Rivera’s girlfriend, who were also in the vehicle, escaped injury.

CPD records show that Washington was charged last June with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The outcome of that case was not immediately available. He is due in bond court this afternoon.

Previously charged in the case were 24-year-old Menelik Jackson and 32-year-old Jovan Battle.

A judge released Jackson from electronic monitoring and a 7 p.m to 7 a.m. curfew just two weeks before the shooting. Jackson had been on those restrictions for six months as part of a plea agreement he reached with prosecutors in an armed home invasion case.
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