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$2M bond for man charged with shooting Chicago Police officer

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James Garland, 53. (Chicago police) James Garland, 53. (Chicago police)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The man charged with firing a bullet that ricocheted and struck a Chicago Police officer in the face Sunday was ordered held on a $2 million bond Wednesday.

James Garland, 53, is charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the shooting in the 2700 block of East 92nd Street, according to police.

About 8:45 p.m. Sunday, officers with the South Chicago District Tactical Team were executing a search warrant for narcotics when someone inside the home fired a shot that eventually struck the officer between the eyes, according to police.

At Wednesday's bond hearing, Assistant State's Attorney Claire Savaglio said authorities issued the search warrant based on information that Garland was selling crack cocaine out of the home.

The officer was part of a team wearing police vests with visible police stars, Savaglio said. They knocked on the back door and announced their office and the search warrant. When no one answered, they forced their way into the home and announced their purpose again, she said.

The officer hurt was the last one to enter the home, Savaglio said. While still in the entryway, he saw two men coming down an inside stairwell toward him, one pointing a gun at him.

Prosecutors claim Garland had gone to get a gun when he heard people enter the home, then fired at the officer.

The bullet ricocheted off an overhanging portion of the steps and grazed the officer's head, Savaglio said. A fragment of the bullet lodged in the officer's forehead.

Garfield allegedly ran back up the stairs, but was arrested by another team of officers who came in through the front door, Savaglio said.

Authorities recovered a .38 caliber revolver with one spent round, and found gunshot residue on Garland's hands and shirt cuffs, prosecutors claim.

Garland allegedly admitted to police and prosecutors that he fired the gun, and that he was involved in the sale of drugs, Savaglio said. The officer also positively identified him in a lineup as one of the people he saw on the stairs.

Two women and three other men were in the home at the time, one of whom said he saw Garfield on the stairs holding the gun immediately after he heard the gunshot, prosecutors claim.

No one else has been charged in connection with the incident, police said Wednesday morning.

The 34-year-old officer -- an 11-year veteran of the department -- was treated and released from a hospital Monday, but will require follow-up surgery, according to prosecutors.

Officers did not fire any shots during the confrontation, police said.

Garland, who lives in the home where the shooting occurred, was ordered held on $2 million bond and will next appear in court March 31, according to the state's attorney's office.

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