Westmont Man Charged with Beating Police Officer, Attempting to Take his Taser

Shannon Moore, Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer suspect (SOURCE: DuPage County Sheriff's Office)
Shannon Moore, Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer suspect (SOURCE: DuPage County Sheriff’s Office).

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Westmont Chief of Police Jim Gunther announced Thursday, October 7, 2021 that charges have been filed against a Westmont male suspect accused of beating a police officer and attempting to take his taser. Shannon Moore, 22, of the block of 300 Cromwell Court, appeared in Bond Court Thursday afternoon where Judge Jeffrey Mackay set bond at $50,000 with 10% to apply. The State had asked for a bond of $750,000 with 10% to apply. Moore has been charged with one count of Attempt Disarming a Peace Officer (Class 2 Felony), one count of Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer (Class 2 Felony) and one count of Resisting a Peace Officer (Class 4 Felony.) Additionally, Moore has been charged with several Misdemeanor offenses including Fleeing and Eluding, a Class A Misdemeanor.

On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at approximately 10:40 p.m., a police officer on patrol with the Westmont Police Department observed a vehicle allegedly driving at a high rate of speed. The officer caught up to the vehicle as it turned onto Cass Avenue. At this point, the officer activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop of the vehicle and driver. Allegedly, the driver of the vehicle slowed down but did not pull over and continued traveling — eventually turning onto 61st Street. Once on 61st Street, the driver again traveled at a high rate of speed while being followed by the officer who continued with activated emergency lights. After obtaining registration information on the vehicle, the officer terminated his pursuit.

CHARGES …

One count of Attempt Disarming a Peace Officer (Class 2 Felony)

One count of Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer (Class 2 Felony)

One count of Resisting a Peace Officer, causing injury (Class 4 Felony.)

Fleeing and Eluding, a Class A Misdemeanor

Unlawful possession of cannabis by driver

Speeding 15-20 over statutory limit

Transportation or possession of open alcohol by driver

Failure to signal

A short time later, the officer went to the address where the vehicle was registered and found the vehicle parked in a nearby driveway. The officer approached the vehicle and observed a man, later identified as Moore, allegedly exit the driver side door. Allegedly the officer ordered Moore to return to and remain in the vehicle, but he refused and instead ran toward the front door of the residence. The police officer followed Moore. Allegedly, when Moore reached the front door of the residence, both the officer and Moore fell to the ground, and Moore began hitting the officer about his face, head and upper torso. Allegedly, Moore also began forcefully shutting the door on the officer’s head. At this time, the officer was able to activate his taser, but the defendant allegedly continued to resist and grabbed onto the taser and attempted to take it from the officer. The police officer was able to retain control of the taser, but the defendant continued to strike the officer and eventually made his way into the residence. The officer then made several attempts to get the defendant to exit the home, but he refused to comply. In the early morning hours of October 7, 2021, officers returned to the residence with a search warrant at which time Moore was taken into custody.

“Police officers put their lives on the line for us every day and any assault on an officer of the law will be met with the full force of the law, Berlin said. “I thank the Westmont Police Department for their efforts in bringing Mr. Moore into custody. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorney Grace Barsanti for her work in securing strong charges against Mr. Moore.”

“I am very proud of my staff and the officers involved in this case for their outstanding work in apprehending the suspect,” Gunther said. “Because of their efforts, we were able to take Mr. Moore into custody in a very short period of time. In addition to the officers involved, I would also like to thank State’s Attorney Berlin and his staff for their legal guidance throughout this entire incident.”

Moore’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 1, 2021 for arraignment in front of Judge Mike Reidy.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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