A man who police said had a stolen gun belonging to slain Chicago police officer Clifton Lewis stashed inside a cooler at his Austin neighborhood home has been charged.
Dimitri Mitchell, 19, of the 800 block of North Leamington Avenue, was
charged Saturday with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of a
stolen firearm. Mitchell was ordered held on $150,000 bond
When officers got to his home Thursday afternoon to execute a search
warrant, they knocked and waited but ended up forcing their way in. They found
Mitchell in the bathroom.
After a brief interview, Mitchell nodded his head toward a black and gray
cooler in the hallway of his home and told police: "The gun's in there in case
someone tries to come in,".
Inside they found a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun with a chrome
finish, a 4-inch barrel and was loaded with eleven live rounds.
Mitchell was placed into custody at 3:15 p.m. and the gun was taken to be
examined further. Detectives later found it belonged to officer Lewis.
Lewis, 41, was off-duty from his police job and working security when the two
masked robbers burst into the convenience store at 1201 N. Austin Blvd., opened
fire with a gun — akin to a TEC-9 — and fatally wounded him Dec. 29, 2011.
Two men, Tyrone Clay and Edgardo Colon, both of Chicago, were later charged
with his murder, but Lewis' gun was never found.