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Probation for man in gun case involving officer's shooting

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A South Side man arrested for illegal possession of a loaded gun after a Chicago Police officer was shot outside his home in March has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to probation.

Paris Fortune pleaded guilty last Friday to unlawful use of a weapon and was sentenced to two years probation, Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.

Fortune, 30, of the 8300 block of South Essex, had been held in Cook County Jail on a $125,000 bond, authorities said. He has prior felony convictions and was not allowed to own firearms.

He was arrested after co-defendant Paris Sadler allegedly shot Chicago Police Officer Del Pearson about 10:45 p.m. on March 19.

Police in an unmarked vehicle tried to stop Sadler for questioning in the 8500 block of South Kingston Avenue, but instead, he ran down an alley onto the porch of a home where Fortune was standing with two women, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Peter O'Mara said at their bond hearing.

Sadler pleaded with Fortune to open the security door and reached through the bars of the door, but Fortune, who also had a loaded gun, did not open it, O'Mara said. When Pearson arrived moments later, Sadler fired multiple shots at him with a .38-caliber revolver, hitting him in the shoulder and chest, and piercing an artery, O'Mara said.

Police later recovered the gun and Sadler's clothing. They also recovered a 9mm handgun from the attic of Fortune's home, but that gun was not used in the shooting, O'Mara said.

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