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Man pleads guilty to gun charge in connection with Harvey man’s death

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Updated: July 21, 2014 3:56PM



A Chicago man charged in connection with a police-involved shooting that left a Harvey man dead has pleaded guilty to a gun charge and faces 2½ years in prison.

Leron Poullard, 23, of the 100 block of West 110th Place was charged in September 2012 with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault to a peace officer with a firearm, both felonies, according to police.

On Tuesday, Poullard pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon and Judge Thomas Davy sentenced him to 30 months in prison, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Lisa Gordon.

Police at the time said Poullard was one of the men at a party in the 200 block of West 110th Street where tactical officers arrived about 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2012, after receiving a call of a man with a gun.

As officers approached three men pointed out by witnesses, the men began running away and when officers pursued, two of the men pointed weapons at police, authorities said at the time.

Christopher McGowan, 22, of the 14900 block of Marshfield Avenue, was fatally shot by police and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Poullard, who allegedly pointed a gun, was found in a nearby yard and arrested without incident, police said. A third suspect was arrested but not charged.

No police officers were injured and two weapons were recovered, the statement said.

Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said attendees of the large block party were the ones to call 911 about the armed men, and point them out to officers.

Staff report



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