Humboldt Park man charged after pointing gun at officer

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Monday, June 8, 2015
Rafael Corona, 29, was charged after he pointed a gun at a police officer.

A North Side man was charged Sunday after he pointed a gun at a police officer, officials said.

The incident occurred near the newly minted 606 Trail and Park, which opened to the public Saturday.

Rafael Corona, 29, of the 1700 block of North Rockwell Street, was arrested just after midnight Sunday in the 1700-block of North Talman Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, officials said. Officers were called to the scene after a report of a gang disturbance.

The officer fired his gun once without hitting Corona, police said, because he feared for his safety. The officer's bullet missed Corona. No one was injured.

Corona faces one count of armed habitual criminal, one count of unlawful possession of firearm by street gang member, one count of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of aggravated assault of a police officer. All of the charges are felonies. He also faces one misdemeanor count of drinking alcohol on the public way.

Corona is schedule to appear in bond court Monday.