3 Men Charged for Shooting Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer

James Xu
By James Xu
July 13USshare
3 Men Charged for Shooting Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer
(L–R) Demetrius Harrell, Bryant Hayes, and Justen Krismantis. (Courtesy of Chicago Police)

Three men are facing multiple charges in connection to the shooting of 31-year-old Chicago police officer Daniel Golden. Charges include aggravated battery with a firearm.

The shooters, identified by Chicago police as Demitrius Harrell, 28, Bryant Hayes, 22, and Justen Krismantis, 22, were denied bond on Tuesday.

Police said the shooting unfolded in the 2400 block of West 104th Street.

Ring doorbell video footage captured the sound of gunshots just before 2:30 a.m. near a Beverly bar early Saturday morning. Police say a fight broke out between two groups in the bar and Golden tried to intervene to calm down the crowd.

Golden is a third-generation Chicago Police officer and a six-year veteran of the force. He was off-duty at the time of the altercation.

A bullet struck the officer’s back, paralyzing him from the waist down. His fiance calls his recovery “a miracle,” especially after doctors said the bullet that was lodged between his lungs and heart missed his heart by a millimeter.

The officer was transported to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment, where he was confirmed to be in fair condition.

“I believe he saved lives that night, getting people away,” said Alderman Matt O’Shea, whose office was close to the incident.

“All he’s done his whole life is give selflessly to others and care for others,” said a source close to Daniel. “Dani Golden exemplifies all of us what it means to be a hero.”