Off-duty CPD officer found not guilty of allegedly firing gun at Evergreen Park carjacking suspects

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Thursday, November 3, 2022
Cop found not guilty of allegedly firing gun at carjacking suspects
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Chicago police Officer Oneta Sampson Carney was found not guilty after allegedly firing a gun at Evergreen Park carjacking suspects.

EVERGREEN PARK, Ill, (WLS) -- An off-duty Chicago police officer accused of reckless discharge after allegedly firing her gun at a group of suspected carjackers was found not guilty Tuesday.

Officer Oneta Sampson Carney was loading her car with her husband outside an Evergreen Park Sam's Club last year, when three men approached them, prosecutors previously said.

That's when they said two of the men offered to help the couple, while a third jumped in the driver's seat and drove off.

Prosecutors said Carney then fired her gun, hitting the pavement behind the car.

They said the men didn't show a gun or threaten the couple.

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No one was hurt.

Carney was charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm, but was found not guilty in a one-day bench trial Tuesday.

Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability was investigating the incident, and Carney was facing dismissal as of a May Chicago Police Board decision.

Sun-Times Media contributed to this report.