Man posing as Chicago cop shoots bar patron after questioning citizenship

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CHICAGO — A man who allegedly pretended to be a Chicago police officer is accused of shooting a 39-year-old man in the face with a pellet gun after questioning his citizenship during an argument inside a Northwest Side tavern early Friday, police said.

Michael Groh, 45, of the 2900 block of North Keating Avenue, was charged with felony hate crime, impersonation of a peace officer and aggravated battery, police said. He is also charged with possessing a replica firearm, a misdemeanor. Groh is slated to appear in court Saturday afternoon.

Groh became embroiled in an argument with the 39-year-old about 12:50 a.m. Friday at a bar in the 2900 block of North Pulaski Road and during it he “questioned the victim’s citizenship status and national origin,” police said.

Information about the victim was not made available by police.

During the argument, Groh produced a pellet gun and shot the victim in the face and again in the back of the head, leaving him in serious condition. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and Groh was arrested on the scene by responding officers, police said. A pellet gun was recovered, police said.

Investigators later found that Groh had on him two metal badges, handcuffs and a handcuff key, and witnesses told officers that Groh had identified himself as a Chicago police officer, police said.

by Rosemary Regina Sobol, Chicago Tribune.

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