Two men who allegedly took part in the burglary of a store in the Little Village neighborhood early Monday - which resulted in the death of an alleged accomplice who was shot by police when the three drove toward responding officers - have been charged with offenses ranging from burglary to murder.
David Raynell Strong, 27; John W. Givens, 32; and Leland Dudley, also 32, were shot by police as they allegedly drove toward the responding officers while trying to make a getaway from a burglary about 2:40 a.m. Monday, police said. Officers were responding to a call of a burglary in progress in the 2400 block of South Western Avenue when they saw three men burglarizing a business.
Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said Monday that officers saw the men inside the building. Officers knocked on of the windows and told them they were surrounded and to come out with their hands up.
The three men instead got in the store owner's car and began ramming a garage door to get out onto 25th Street, Camden said. They allegedly broke through the door, hit an officer and a squad car and were driving toward several other squad cars when police opened fire.
"They had the opportunity to give up and they decided they wanted to be like they were in the movies and bust through a garage door and get away," Camden said.
Strong was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said Wednesday. Strong, of the 1600 block of South Lockwood Avenue, died of multiple gunshot wounds, the office said.
Givens, of the 3300 block of West Warren Boulevard, and Dudley, of the 1500 block of South Kedzie Avenue, were hospitalized -- one at Mount Sinai Hospital and the other at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to Fire Media Affairs.
The officer was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Givens and Dudley were charged Tuesday evening, police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said. Givens has been charged with burglary, aggravated battery to a police officer, murder, and possession of a stolen vehicle. Dudley was charged with burglary, murder, possession of a stolen vehicle, and a parole warrant violation, Perez said. Both men were charged with murder because the death of their associate occurred during the commission of their alleged crime, Perez explained.
Proceeds from the burglary were also found in the car, police said.
Both Givens and Dudley were scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday, but since they remained hospitalized Wednesday morning it was not known if they would appear in court in person or by video.
An Independent Police Review Authority spokeswoman said IPRA was investigating the shooting.