Chicago Police Board fires cop who shot partner then lied about it


CHICAGO (WGN) — The Chicago Police Board fired a veteran officer, Patrick Kelly, after investigators concluded he shot his partner and lied about it.

Officer Michael LaPorta was left with permanent injuries that have required him to have 24-hour care for almost 10 years after he was shot on Jan. 12, 2010.

Kelly was off-duty when he shot him in the head. He said he wasn’t drunk that night, though he admitted drinking four beers.

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At the time, he told investigators that LaPorta tried unsuccessfully to take his own life.

LaPorta’s attorney on Thursday night said the decision is a “small measure of justice.”

Kelly’s lawyer had no immediate comment. Kelly has the option to appeal his firing to the Cook County Circuit Court.

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