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.