A Waukegan male offender, wounded by police in a shooting in 2017 that was later ruled a justified police-involved shooting, has been found fit for trial. Edward Prado was shot by police after he allegedly attempted to grab a police officer’s gun.
Prosecutors say Prado drove a stolen car to the Waukegan Police Department, where he confronted an officer, who was sitting in his police vehicle. He threatened the officer with what was later determined to be a BB gun, and attempted to rob the Waukegan police officer of his gun.
Lake County Circuit Judge Christopher Stride stated Edward Prado of Waukegan can be tried on charges of attempting to disarm a peace officer, aggravated assault of a peace officer, attempted aggravated robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle.
The Lake County Public Defender’s Office is exploring a mental health court program as an alternative to a trial for Edward Prado. Acceptance to mental health court requires a plea of guilty to the charges by the defendant, according to prosecutors.
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