Off-duty deputy in Chicago uses human shield during standoff (VIDEO)
By Brian Seay
An off-duty Cook County sheriff’s deputy can be seen using a man he shot as a human shield in surveillance video of a gunfight in Chicago nearly three years ago.
The Chicago Tribune recently acquired the video that shows suspect Fernando Lopez get out of a car and start waving a gun around in front of the nightclub Funky Buddha Lounge on Nov. 30, 2014.
While walking in the middle of the street to get into a car, Lopez appears to fire his weapon into the air. Michael Raines, an off-duty deputy, immediately engages him and starts firing. The two men run out of the middle of the road to the sidewalk. Lopez, who’d been hit by Raines’ gunfire, clutches himself and falls to the ground.
That’s when Raines can be seen grabbing Lopez and using him as a shield. As he does this, another man, later identified as Mario Orta, walks right by the two men with a gun. Orta points his gun at Raines, and Raines points his gun back at him, as the injured Lopez tries to prevent the deputy from pointing his weapon.
The standoff lasted a couple minutes as Orta, 30, walked up and down the block and then got into a car