Officer pursues a fleeing suspect into house where Chapman lived

July 09, 1994|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

In what police officials described as a potentially explosive incident, an officer involved in the arrest of Jesse Chapman chased a suspect into the rowhouse where Mr. Chapman lived.

The incident occurred Thursday night -- five days after Mr. Chapman died while in police custody.

Reacting to the tense situation in the neighborhood, Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier yesterday pulled from patrol duty in the Western District the five officers involved in arresting Mr. Chapman.

"It was a move to defuse the instant situation," Mr. Frazier said last night. "If anything had gone wrong in that arrest, whether or not it was justified, it would have been a terrible thing for this city.

According to court records, the incident began about 9:45 p.m. when Officer Sean White stopped a 1987 Acura Legend with no headlights in the 1300 block of Mount St., after the driver allegedly made an illegal U-turn.

Police said the passenger got out of the car and started to run while brandishing a .44-caliber handgun.

With the officer in pursuit, the suspect ran through a house on Mount Street and on across the alley to 1305 N. Fulton Ave. where he broke through a second-floor window of the apartment in which Mr. Chapman had lived and then went downstairs to another apartment, according to court records.

The officer kicked in a door on the first floor and arrested Bryon Brooks, 32, of the 500 block of N. Schroeder St. He was charged with assault with intent to murder in the shooting Thursday night of a woman in the 600 block of N. Carey St.

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