Crime & Courts

Bond denied for man accused of shooting at Lombard cop


Bond was denied Friday for a Chicago man accused of shooting at a Lombard police officer.

Romaine Turner, 21, of the 700 block of North Menard Avenue, has been charged with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, one count of armed habitual criminal and one count of unlawful use or possession of a weapon by a felon, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

Turner is currently out on bond for armed habitual criminal out of Cook County.

On Oct. 21, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Lombard police responded to the area of 1 West St. Charles Road for a call of a suspicious incident regarding two males wearing ski masks entering the 7-Eleven.

Upon his arrival, an officer allegedly encountered Turner and another man outside the 7-Eleven. While the officer was speaking with the men, another Lombard police vehicle pulled into the parking lot at which time Turner allegedly fled on foot, the release stated.

The officers followed Turner when he fled. As Turner ran, he appeared to be holding an object. Turner allegedly ran around the corner of a building. As the officer rounded the corner, Turner raised a hand gun in the direction of the officer and fired one shot. After firing the shot, Turner continued to flee. He was taken into custody later that morning while officers were conducting a search along West St. Charles Road.

“There is absolutely no reason whatsoever that Mr. Turner should have been given a cash bond the first time he was charged as an armed habitual criminal,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Providing a twice-convicted felon the opportunity to post a relatively small bond, just $2,500 in Mr. Turner’s Cook County case, put the public and law enforcement at great risk, as alleged in this case.”

Turner’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 9 for arraignment. Both Class X felonies are non-probationable, and if found guilty, Turner faces a penalty of between 10 to 45years in prison.