Man charged in theft of officer's gun

May 30, 2009 (CHICAGO)

Police have recovered the weapon.

Police say Shannon stole the gun from Officer Densey Cole Wednesday night as Cole was pinned inside his police SUV.

Cole was responding to a burglary in progress when he was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 98th and Halsted.

While he was pinned in his SUV, onlookers rifled through his belongings and Shannon allegedly stole his gun.

It's a case that has angered Mayor Daley and Police Superintendent Jody Weis, who called the action "reprehensible."

The superintendent says Officer Cole has a severe spinal injury, had surgery yesterday and is now in a medically induced coma.

Police recovered the weapon.

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