CHICAGO — Two men have been charged after police said they broke into an off-duty Chicago police officer's Roseland home Friday afternoon. The officer shot one of the men.
Willie Boswell, 21, and Marquise Peppers, 18, both of the 1200 block of West 73rd Street, were charged with attempted residential burglary and possession of burglary tools.
Boswell, who was wanted on an out-of-state warrant, also was charged with aggravated possession of a stolen vehicle.
Peppers was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal trespass to a vehicle.
The off-duty officer saw Peppers circle his house before he attempted to break into the home. When the officer confronted him, Peppers pointed a gun toward the officer, according to police reports.
The officer pulled his own weapon and fired two shots striking Peppers in his back, police said. Peppers then jumped into the passenger side of a stolen vehicle being driven by Boswell, according to police. The two fled the scene but were pulled over near West 89th Street and South Yale Avenue, according to court documents.
Officers said they determined the vehicle was stolen after noticing the ignition to the car had been pulled. Boswell said he knew the car was stolen and admitted to serving as a lookout during the attempted robbery, police said.
The two men were taken into custody, and Peppers was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition, where he remained during the bond hearing.
Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas set Boswell's bail at $1 million. There was no bail set for Peppers.