- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - A veteran Chicago police officer is fighting his firing over allegations he lied to investigators about shooting at the wrong auto during an off-duty incident that left the driver of the auto wounded.

Chicago police officials say Officer Francisco Perez should be fired for lying to police oversight investigators and for shooting an “innocent bystander” in November 2011.

But defense attorney Daniel Herbert contends Perez fired at the right car after one of its occupants shot three people, one fatally, outside a restaurant where Perez worked as a security guard.

The case against Perez largely hinges on video footage obtained from a surveillance camera at the restaurant. Police officials say it shows a red auto involved in the drive-by shooting had sped away by the time Perez opened fire at Carlos Rodriguez’s blue auto, wounding him.

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