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Aurora Police Chief: Shooter ‘Was Not Supposed To Be In Possession Of A Firearm’ After Felony Conviction

On Friday afternoon, a man in Aurora, Illinois opened fire at Henry Pratt Company after being informed during a meeting that his job had been terminated. The suspect killed five of his co-workers and later injured five police officers.

According to Aurora Deputy Police Chief Keefe Jackson, within five minutes of the first 911 call, officers were on the scene, and at approximately 2:59 p.m. local time, the suspect was neutralized following a brief exchange of gunfire.

Although the suspect has been identified by authorities, per Daily Wire policy, his name will not be used, and his photograph will not be displayed.

During a Saturday press conference, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said that the suspect had previously been arrested on six separate occasions by the Aurora Police Department, "including arrests for traffic and domestic battery-related issues."

He was last arrested by the department "in 2008 for violating an order of protection." However, he was most recently arrested "in 2017 by the Oswego, Illinois Police Department for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property."

The suspect obtained a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card in January 2014. Two months later, he purchased a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun.

"During the finger-printing and background process" for a conceal and carry permit, "it was discovered that [the suspect] had a felony conviction for aggravated assault out of Mississippi," Ziman stated.

She added:

The date of that conviction was August 3, 1995. It should be noted that this conviction would not necessarily have shown up on a criminal background check conducted for a FOID card. Once this felony conviction was discovered, the offender's conceal and carry permit was rejected, and his FOID card was revoked by the Illinois State Police.

During the press conference, a reporter asked the following question: "Does the series of events relating to the gun license and the revocation of his FOID card mean that he was in illegal possession of that gun?"

Ziman replied: "That is absolutely correct, yes."

The reporter followed up by asking if authorities should have confiscated the suspect’s firearm after his FOID card was revoked, to which Ziman replied:

That's what we are determining right now as part of our investigation ... absolutely he was not supposed to be in possession of a firearm. ... After a FOID card revocation, the subject is provided a letter stating that they need to relinquish their firearms, and we're looking into why that did not happen.

According to Ziman, four of the five injured police officers suffered gunshot wounds to various limbs, and one was hit with shrapnel. As of the press conference, two officers were being treated and were in stable condition, while the other three had been treated and released, or were expected to be released.

This is an ongoing investigation, and updates may be provided if relevant information becomes available, specifically relating to the suspect’s ability to purchase and keep a firearm after being convicted of aggregated assault, which is a felony in the state of Mississippi.

 
 
 

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