Cook County Prosecutors secure 55-year sentence for attempted murder of a police officer

A woman who attempted to shoot a Chicago Police officer point-blank in the chest multiple times as she fled capture in a 2007 foot chase was sentenced to 55 years in prison, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Shandra Kidd, 22, of the 7700 block of South Phillips Ave., Chicago, was convicted of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer and Unlawful Possession of Weapon by a Felon in connection with the shooting incident, which occurred in May of 2007 on Chicago’s South Side.  Kidd was sentenced to a 55-year prison term in the Illinois Department of Corrections today by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Linehan.

“This is a fitting and a just sentence for anyone who would be so bold as to fire a gun at a police officer,” Alvarez said.  “We are grateful that this officer was uninjured in this incident and we will continue to prosecute violent crimes against police officers to the fullest extent of the law.”

According to prosecutors, Chicago Police officers were responding to a call of shots fired in the area of 78th Street and Burnham Avenue when they stopped a vehicle that Kidd and two other individuals were in.  Kidd fled the scene on foot and was pursued by one of the officers.  When caught by the officer, Kidd turned and stuck a gun in the officer’s chest and began pulling the trigger.  A struggle ensued, and Kidd and the officer fell to the ground.  As Kidd got up, she again stuck the gun in the officer’s chest and pulled the trigger.  The officer returned fire, shooting Kidd in the buttocks.  When she attempted to shoot the officer Kidd was unaware that the cylinder of the gun had opened and the bullets had fallen out of the gun during the foot chase. 

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Shital Thakkar and Deb Lawler for their work on this case.