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Off-duty cop uses wounded gunman as human shield during Chicago shootout: VIDEO

July 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Off-duty cop uses wounded gunman as human shield during Chicago shootout: VIDEO

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Recently published footage of a shooting outside of a lounge in Chicago shows an off-duty deputy using one of the gunmen as a shield in the middle of the violent dispute.

The officer, Michael Raines, was not wounded in the gunfight, but fatally overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin the following year, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Raines was walking down a street in November 2014 when he saw a man — who was later identified as Fernando Lopez — waving a gun outside the now-closed Funky Buddha Lounge.

Footage of the incident, which had not been released until Thursday, does not have sound but records the start of the heated dispute in the early morning hours.

Mario Orta (pictured) pled guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. (CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT)

Raines, with his weapon out, is seen rushing toward Lopez as he shot his weapon into the air. He then shot at the gunman, who in turn tries to flee.

Raines tries to follow Lopez but is approached by another man, identified as Mario Orta. Raines then pulled the injured Lopez close and pointed a gun to his head as he hides behind him for protection.

Orta got into a parked car, but then jumped out and ran away. He was taken into custody the following day.

On Monday, the 30-year-old pleaded guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm and was sentenced to 10 years behind bars. He was given credit for the 967 days served in the Cook County Jail awaiting trial.

Video show s the 2014 shooting unfold outside the Funky Buddha Lounge in Chicago. (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.COM)

Lopez, 29, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a gun and aggravated assault of an officer. He has since posted bond out of jail and is scheduled to appear in August.

A third suspect, Nathaniel Nunes, 25, pleaded guilty to firearm possession and reckless discharge of a gun and was sentenced to four years behind bars.

After the incident, Raines was placed on leave pending an investigation. He got onto a bus just in October 2015, and its driver discovered him unresponsive at the end of her route.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office indicated that Raines had post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and neuropathy along with an addiction to alcohol and heroin.

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