Chicago police take two hours to respond after gunfire rang out in an attempted store burglary

A Chicago business waited two hours for police to respond after an employee shot a suspected burglar in the shoulder.

According to a report by CWB Chicago, the business owner of a car dealership on Chicago’s South Side erected a stake at the property Friday night after falling victim to multiple burglaries. Store employees came in to see if they could catch the culprit in the act. The staking paid off around 3 a.m. when staff witnessed a man cut a hole in a fence, crawled onto the property and grabbed a tire rim.

According to prosecutors, the employees confronted 53-year-old George Perkins at this point, who then hit the employees with a crowbar. One of the employees then drew a gun and attempted to fire several shots in the air, but one of the rounds eventually hit Perkins in the shoulder.

Store employees then arrested Perkins and repeatedly called 911, with the prosecutor saying the police “eventually arrived about two hours later.”

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Chicago Police Cruiser.

Chicago Police Cruiser.
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According to the CWB, district police dispatchers acknowledged the call but had a backlog of calls when the dealership’s call came in. The dispatch display classified the call several times over the next few hours as an incident to “detain the perpetrator.”

About two hours later, firefighters responded to the scene and informed police that there was a person at the scene with a gunshot wound, prompting a Chicago Police Department supervisor to pull a patrol unit out of paperwork and send them to the scene.

The employee who shot Perkins said he fired the shots because Perkins resisted, but was no longer at the scene when police arrived. So far, no charges have been filed against the employee.

Chicago Police Department patch.

Chicago Police Department patch.
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A Perkins attorney told Judge Susana Ortiz that although prosecutors charged him with burglary, Perkins was homeless and was merely attempting to search through trash and had no criminal record.

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Chicago police.
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Chicago police districts going into backlog status have been common, resulting in more police calls for help than the district has officers to respond. In 2021, police districts were on backorder or in pending radio orders status 11,721 times, nearly the same as in 2019 and 2020 combined.



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