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CC Hills cop accused of firing gun while drunk and off duty

John Silas | phofrom Cook County Sheriff’s office

John Silas | photo from Cook County Sheriff’s office

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Updated: July 23, 2014 2:11AM



A Country Club Hills police officer was drinking at a friend’s house in March when he started firing his gun, sending bullets into a neighboring house and vehicle, and then tried to hide evidence of the shooting, Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday.

Officer John Silas is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm. In court Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Darren Bowden ordered him held on $75,000 bail.

Prosecutors said Silas got off work March 8 and started drinking alcohol at a friend’s home in the 17000 block of Baker Street in Country Club Hills.

About 8 p.m., Silas pulled his semiautomatic service gun and fired several shots toward the ground, with one bullet going through the front window of a house across the street and lodging into a wall, according to prosecutors.

They said a resident of the house “had been sitting on a couch directly next to the front window just seconds before the bullet was fired” but was not injured.

The resident called 911, and police responded, finding the bullet in the wall and another inside a sport utility vehicle that was parked in the driveway of the house, prosecutors said.

Silas tried to cover up his involvement, later calling one of the investigating officers and asking him for a favor “by getting rid of evidence recovered from the home,” according to a statement from the state’s attorney’s office. “During a second phone call to the officer, Silas acknowledged that he was shooting bullets into the ground when one accidently went into the front window of the home across the street.”

The Illinois State Police Forensics Lab was able to confirm that the bullet in the wall was fired from Silas’ gun.

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