A Cook County judge denied bail Sunday for a 19-year-old woman charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the shooting of a Chicago police officer who was serving a warrant in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.
Police say Emily Petronella allegedly shot the 34-year-old officer through a back door of a home in the 2700 block of West Potomac Avenue about 7:20 p.m. Saturday.
The officer, part of the Grand Central District tactical unit, was serving Petronella with what Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson described as a “typical” search warrant for “narcotics and illegal weapons.”
According to prosecutor Jennifer Ravin, the officers arrived in marked vehicles, were wearing items identifying them as police and activated their vehicle lights before announcing themselves and knocking on the door.
Petronella is accused of firing a shot through the door, striking the officer in the shoulder, as the police were using a battering ram to try to gain entry, Ravin said.
Petronella was arrested at the scene, where police recovered a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic, a spent cartridge, more than 10,000 grams of cannabis and $950, Ravin said.
The officer was rushed to Stroger Hospital. The bullet fractured a vertebrae and lodged in his right shoulder muscle. On Sunday, he was recovering in the intensive care unit.
Petronella also faces felony charges of aggravated assault of a peace officer with a weapon, armed violence while discharging a weapon, aggravated discharge of a weapon at a peace officer and manufacturing and delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, as well as violation of bail bond.
Petronella’s family members attended the hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building but declined to comment.
At the scene on Saturday, a woman who identified herself as the mother of the suspected shooter suggested her daughter may have thought someone was breaking into the home. The woman said she believed her daughter decided to get a gun after someone broke into her home last year. An Illinois State Police spokeswoman said the agency does not confirm or provide information about the issuance or status of a person's firearm owner’s identification card or concealed carry license.
After court, Petronella’s attorney, Stefan Fenner, said Petronella had “a number of defenses available at this time,” given that she was a woman alone in an apartment responding to loud noises.
Fenner told reporters he was confident that body-worn cameras from police would exonerate his client but declined further comment.
Cook County court records show that Petronella was arrested Feb. 22 on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon, a Mossberg shotgun that police found in her vehicle along with $1,810.
She was released on a $10,000 I-bond the next day, records show, meaning she signed a statement promising to come to court but did not need to pay any money.
In that case, Petronella was arrested after police conducted a traffic stop on her vehicle about 11:25 a.m. in the 3700 block of West Armitage Avenue, according to Chicago police Officer Jessica Rocco, a department spokeswoman.
Officers spotted a weapon on the floorboard of the vehicle and also charged her with a traffic offense for having her windshield obstructed, Rocco said.
In 2018, Petronella was arrested on two separate drug charges, records show.
In the more recent case, she was arrested in November and charged with misdemeanor possession of cannabis and other traffic offenses. The drug charge was dismissed, and Petronella was referred to traffic court, records show.
In March 2018, Petronella was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing and delivery of marijuana as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, records show. The charges were dropped in April, records show.