Chicago-area man gets 57 years for shooting state trooper | Crime-and-courts

ROLLING MEADOWS — A suburban Chicago man was sentenced to 57 years in prison for shooting an Illinois state trooper in the arm in 2019 while the officer was serving a warrant at his home.

Volodymyr Dragan, 46, was sentenced by a Cook County judge on Friday after being found guilty in March of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated grievous bodily harm with a firearm and aggravated assault.

Prosecutors said Dragan shot a soldier in the arm, causing a non-life-threatening injury, in August 2019 as officers served a warrant to arrest and search Dragan at his Wheeling home .

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The warrant included allegations that Dragan committed aggravated assault on a police officer during a traffic stop earlier the same day that another state trooper stopped Dragan’s motorcycle for speeding. Police said Dragan was sitting in the back seat of a patrol car when he pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the soldier before fleeing the scene on his motorcycle.

Police and SWAT team members followed Dragan to his home, where he shot and punched another state trooper in the arm. The 32-year-old soldier has since returned to duty, authorities said.

The injured soldier had asked the judge to impose the harshest sentence on Dragan, while Cook County Deputy Public Defender Vincent Colucci demanded the minimum sentence, saying his client did not intend to kill anybody.

Dragan apologized to the injured soldier and his family during Friday’s hearing.

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