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Retired Police Sergeant Shot During Botched Home Invasion, Prosecutors Say

 Martin Hayes, 40, is charged with home invasion causing injury.
Martin Hayes, 40, is charged with home invasion causing injury.
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DNAinfo; Chicago Police Department

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A retired Chicago Police sergeant was shot in his wrist during a botched home invasion on the Southwest Side, prosecutors said Monday.

Martin Hayes, 40, has been charged with home invasion causing injury in the West Elsdon attack, which happened Thursday.

Hayes is currently on parole for burglary. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, he has 10 prior felony convictions for burglaries dating from 2000 to 2012.

"You are a threat and a danger to everyone," Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. told Hayes during a bond hearing Monday. "No bail."

The 69-year-old retired sergeant was sleeping in his West Elsdon home Thursday when he awoke to the sound of a glass window breaking in the kitchen, Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti said in court Monday.

The sergeant grabbed a loaded revolver and went to investigate, prosecutors said.

When he spotted Hayes, the sergeant told Hayes to get down on the ground, according to Antonietti. Instead, Hayes allegedly lunged toward the sergeant, and the pair struggled for the man's gun.

During the ensuing struggle, prosecutors said, the gun went off — shooting the 69-year-old man in his wrist.

At that point, Hayes ran off, leaving behind a baseball cap, Antonietti said. Surveillance cameras from a nearby home captured Hayes entering and leaving the victim's house, according to prosecutors.

Hayes, of the 6400 block of South Spaulding Avenue, was arrested Saturday, court records show.

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