Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Charged in Slaying
CHICAGO (AP) _ A policeman was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a homeless man who wanted to wash the officer’s car windows.
Patrolman Gregory Becker, 34, was off duty at the time of the shooting Sunday night.
Authorities said Becker and a woman companion encountered Joseph Gould, 36, as they left a bar.
The men quarreled after Gould sought to wash Becker’s car windows, police spokesman Paul Jenkins said. He said Becker opened his car trunk and, when Gould followed him, drew his service pistol and fired.
Becker was originally charged with first-degree murder, but Circuit Judge Saul Anthony Perdomo ruled Monday that there was no probable cause to support the charge. The charge was then reduced to involuntary manslaughter.
Becker has been a Chicago police officer since 1991.
He will be assigned to a desk job while his case is pending, Jenkins said.