A shootout erupted as a wanted teenager opened fire on a U.S. Marshal’s officer, police say


A 19-year-old man is charged with a shooting that injured a police dog and a US Marshals Service officer while he was arrested Thursday afternoon on the Northwest Side, prosecutors said in court on Saturday.

Tarrion Johnson appeared before Cook County Judge Kelly Marie McCarthy, who denied bail during a live hearing.

Johnson, of the 4200 block of West Cullerton Avenue, was charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted armed robbery and aggravated animal cruelty, Chicago police said.

The shooting occurred around 1:20 p.m. Thursday at an apartment building on the 5200 block of West Belmont Avenue, where Chicago police and members of the Great Lakes U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force were attempting to arrest Johnson on a warrant for attempted murder and attempted robbery, according to police and prosecutors.

All of the officers, including a police dog wearing a camouflage vest with K-9 written on both sides, wore branded clothing, displaying “police” and stars, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said officers were watching the building and saw Johnson exit through a back door, then turn around and walk back inside.

A Chicago police officer hoisting a shield approached the back door with several other officers and repeatedly ‘announced their office’ and called Johnson’s name before the door was ‘breached’ by pointing at it a hole, prosecutors said.

The shield-carrying officer entered a hallway, where he saw Johnson, who entered a bedroom and returned to the hallway with a gun, prosecutors said.

Yell “gun!” the officer fired one round as Johnson returned to a bedroom and fired three rounds outside a window – hitting the marshal and K-9 outside, prosecutors said.

Johnson returned to the hallway and fired two more shots at the officers, who shouted, “Put the gun down!” as the officer carrying the shield “fired back”, prosecutors said.

The US Marshal was grazed in the hand and at least one shot pierced through a body armor, placing ‘pressure’ on the officer’s chest while the police dog was hit in the right shoulder and the bullet lodged there.

The dog’s condition was critical at first but stabilized, although further surgery may be needed, prosecutors said.

Johnson was taken into custody as he left a side door with another person, a woman, who was with him. Police recovered a “ghost gun” and found several spent shell casings, five of which were fired from the ghost gun, prosecutors said.

Johnson is a permanent resident of Cook County who lives with his girlfriend who is pregnant with their child, an attorney representing him said. He attended Social Justice High School in Chicago and did music and art, according to the lawyer.

Johnson has several juvenile judgments, including possession of a controlled substance in 2020, aggravated carjacking in 2017 and possession of a stolen motor vehicle and delivery of a controlled substance from 2016, have prosecutors said.

Johnson is due back in court on Monday.

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