SWAT Training Intruder Charged With 8 Felonies

Donald Patrick charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, burglary in Chicago incident
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2022 5:22 PM CDT
Updated Sep 27, 2022 7:28 PM CDT
Chicago Cops Shoot Intruder at SWAT Training Session
The Chicago Police Department building in the Homan Square neighborhood of Chicago is seen Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.   (Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Update: A man who allegedly broke in to a Chicago police facility Monday—and was shot after grabbing two guns off a table during a SWAT team training session—has been charged with eight felonies. Donald Patrick, a 47-year-old Waukegan resident, has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and three counts of burglary, the AP reports. Police say Patrick climbed five floors up on a fire escape to enter the Homan Square building. Officials say his motive is still unclear, reports ABC7. "The offender has made some statements that we're going to wait to share," Supt. David Brown said. He said 26 officers were taking part in the active shooter training session that Patrick entered. Officials say Patrick was hospitalized Monday in critical condition with non-life-threatening injuries. Our story from Monday follows:

Chicago police officers at a SWAT team training session Monday faced a situation their training is unlikely to have covered: an armed intruder at a SWAT team training session. Police Supt. David Brown said a man asked a guard at the Homan Square station where he should go to retrieve personal property—but instead of following the guard's directions, the man pulled down a fire escape staircase and climbed to the fifth floor, where he entered the building through an open window, NBC Chicago reports. Brown said the man grabbed two guns off a table where they had been placed for SWAT training.

"These were guns that were being watched,” Brown said, per the AP. "Obviously, someone coming from a stairwell outside startled everyone. Who is this person? Is this person associated with the training? We do have live actors sometimes who come in plainclothes." Brown said officers taking part in the training notified other officers and the man was shot after pointing the guns at police, reports CBS. He said the guns the man grabbed didn't contain live ammunition, though they may have been loaded with non-lethal training ammunition.

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Police said the man, a Waukegan resident with a lengthy arrest record for crimes including burglary, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and one officer was treated for a sprained ankle. Brown said police are trying to determine whether the man was actually trying to recover seized property or if he made the claim as a ploy to get into the building, CBS reports. The Homan Square facility holds evidence and recovered property on the first floor and is also the base for several specialized units, including the SWAT unit and the Bureau of Organized Crime. (More Chicago stories.)

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