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$2million bail set for man accused of ambushing Chicago officer


CHICAGO– Bail has been set at $2 million for a man who prosecutors say shot a Chicago police officer multiple times as the officer descended from an elevator while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Jalen Vales, 27, of Chicago, was charged Saturday with attempted murder and aggravated assault of a police officer in the Friday morning shooting, police said.

Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown said the officer, a 49-year-old man, underwent surgery and was in “serious but stable” condition on Friday. Chicago police said Sunday that no update on the officer’s condition was available.

Prosecutors said Saturday that before the shooting, Vales and his girlfriend had an argument and the girlfriend was afraid he would hurt her, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. She texted her mother and told her to call the police, then invented a ruse to get Vales to leave the apartment and locked the door behind him.

The girlfriend has filed six police reports against Vales for domestic violence since the pair began dating in March, prosecutors said.

When two Chicago officers responding to the call exited the elevator, Vales began shooting at them, hitting one officer. The other officer was not injured.

Vales was arrested at the scene after running into another apartment and cutting himself, authorities said. He was hospitalized for his injuries on Saturday and did not appear in court for his bail hearing. It was unclear whether Vales had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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