Chicago police charge man who infiltrated SWAT training

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CHICAGO– Chicago police filed eight charges on Tuesday against a man who climbed five stories from an emergency exit to infiltrate a police station while officers were undergoing a SWAT training exercise.

Donald Patrick, 47, of Waukegan, was charged with five counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and three counts of burglary in Monday’s attack at the Homan Square establishment in West Chicago side. He is due to appear in bond court on Wednesday.

It was unclear if Patrick had an attorney who could comment on the charges.

Patrick seized at least two firearms before being shot and wounded by an officer, police said. Patrick was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police Commissioner David Brown said the suspect was seen on video climbing the fire escape to the fifth floor, where a door had been held open for ventilation as there was no window.

Brown said investigators believe the man grabbed at least two firearms from a table and pointed them at officers. He said the weapons did not contain live ammunition – they were empty or contained ammunition, such as pellets used for training exercises. The pellets sting but do not cause serious injury or death.

Brown said he did not know if the man had attempted to shoot any officers – mostly tactical officers assigned to specialist units and a few uniformed officers assigned to City Hall or Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home.

An officer who was not shot but suffered an ankle injury was in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Richard V. Johnson