On September 14, 2016, Retired Deputy Chief Fred Coffey went to Eckersoll Park for his daily workout. As he arrived, a 21-year old convicted felon and Black P Stone gang member approached Deputy Chief Coffey and announced a robbery. When Coffey didn’t comply quickly enough, the offender shot him in the left shoulder. Deputy Chief Coffey was able to get away from the offender and drew his snub nose revolver. Coffey returned fire, striking the offender in the leg. The offender then fled the scene.
Deputy Chief Coffey was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center and treated for his gunshot wound.
The offender was arrested at 7824 S. Oglesby and a firearm was recovered. He was charged with attempt murder, attempt robbery, aggravated battery with a firearm, UUW by a felon and violation of parole.
Thanks to Deputy Chief Coffey’s quick actions, a robbery was foiled and a dangerous felon was taken off the street.