This photo provided by the Chicago Police department shows Edward Brown, 24. Brown is facing two felony weapons charges in connection with the death of two Chicago police officers who were struck and killed by a train while they were behind him. Chicago police said Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, that Brown is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm-threat and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon is loaded. He is due in bond court Thursday. (Chicago Police Department via AP)
CHICAGO – A man who fired a gun that prompted two Chicago police officers to enter and train tracks where they were killed by a train told detectives he had found the weapon and took it to a secluded area to see if it worked, police said Thursday.
Detectives believe Edward Brown’s account, and said that he probably didn’t know that the police looking for him, when the two officers were fatally struck by a train Monday evening on the town with the South, according to police spokesman Anthony guglielmi.
The officers — Conrad, Gary and Eduardo Marmolejo — not likely to see or hear the train that hit them, because they were focused on another train in the direction they came from a different direction, police said.
Brown, a 24-year-old Chicago resident with no criminal record, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday on suspicion of reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Guglielmi said Brown was cooperative from the moment he was confronted by other officers as he walked down the stairs at a train station Monday evening. Without hesitation, he admitted that he had a gun in his sweater pocket, guglielmi said.
“We believe that he found the gun in an alley … and he took it to the tracks to test it out,” guglielmi said, adding that Brown took the gun to what he saw as a remote area.”
The police agreed that Brown should be the face of the costs associated with having and discharging the weapon, but not the crime of murder.
Suspects can be charged with the offence of murder if they commit a crime that leads to someone’s death. Such charges were filed against a teenager in Alabama this month after he allegedly fired a gun that is asked a girl walking in a street where she was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
Chicago researchers say that Brown may have thought he was taking a measure by going to an area in the city is Far to the South to fire the cannon, but he was still in an area where the sound of gunfire can be picked up by a ShotSpotter sensor. The sensors alert the police if they pick up the sound of gunfire.
Such a warning led officers to the area where Brown allegedly fired a gun. The police said Marmolejo and Gary saw the Brown, got out of their police vehicle and went down an embankment to the tracks to get a better look. A moment later, two trains passed each other on the tracks in the same place.
Bodycam video was recovered from one of the fallen officers. The police said the images show that the officers were looking for a northbound train when they were struck by a southbound train they probably never heard of.
“They must have thought that the sound that she heard was the train in northern direction (s) they have missed the sound of the train that is right behind them,” guglielmi said.