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Man Charged With Pointing Gun At Cops On New Year's

CHICAGO (STMW) -- A man shot by a Chicago Police officer after allegedly raising a gun toward officers early Wednesday -- the city's first reporting shooting of 2014 -- has been charged with aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Charles Lemle, 28, of the 500 block of East 67th Street, faces three felony counts of aggravated assault with a firearm of a police officer, and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to Chicago Police.

In court Thursday, Lemle was ordered held on a $250,000 bond by Judge James Brown, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Shortly after midnight on Jan. 1, Area Central Operation Impact officers were patrolling near Lemle's home when they heard shots, police said.

Lemle was apparently celebrating New Year's Eve at his house by firing a gun, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said at the time.

The officers left their vehicle and walked into an alley to investigate, and were confronted by Lemle, police said.

When police announced themselves, he pointed a weapon at them, and one of the officers shot him in the leg, Camden said.

Lemle was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, Camden said. He had been free on home monitoring from a previous conviction for unlawful use of a weapon.

Area Central detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority--which reviews all police-involved shootings--are investigating.

Lemle is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8 in Branch 38, 737 E. 111th St.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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