Raymond Leuser, 48, was ordered held without bond on Thursday in Chicago
A police sergeant has been arrested for allegedly shooting his 22-year-old son for stealing vodka and replacing it with water.
Raymond Leuser, a 48-year-old sergeant with the Indian Head Park Police, was ordered held without bail on Thursday in the shooting in his home in Chicago’s Clearing neighborhood.
Prosecutors say that on Monday, Leuser called in sick from his job in suburban Indian Head Park, where he has served on the police force for 20 years.
Later Monday, Leuser was seen on surveillance video picking up pizza, popcorn and Smirnoff vodka, according to prosecutors.
That night, say prosecutors, Leuser’s son swiped three shots of the vodka and poured water into the bottle to replace the missing booze, thinking his father would be none the wiser.
Leuser (right in a family snap) called in sick from work on Monday and picked up a bottle of Smirnoff vodka (seen left in stock photo), pizza and popcorn
The shooting occurred in Leuser’s home on this block in Clearing, a Chicago neighborhood near Midway Airport popular with civil servants
Around 2.30am on Tuesday, the son was in the basement of Leuser’s home in Clearing, a neighborhood near Midway Airport popular with civil servants.
As the son went upstairs to investigate he heard a ‘guttural yell’, Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said at a hearing reported by the Chicago Tribune.
The father fired multiple shots, hitting his son in both shoulders, the stomach and thigh, prosecutors said.
Leuser called 911 to report that a shooting had occurred, but then hung up as the operator tried to gather more information.
Police say Leuser shot his son four times
He surrendered with his hands up when officers arrived and told them ‘he’s in the basement’, police say.
The son was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but survived, and police say he told investigators that his father had shot him four times.
Police found two .45 caliber guns in the house, one empty and one loaded.
Leuser is a Marine Corps veteran who is unmarried with one other child, his lawyer said.
His defense attorney has suggested that the shooting was in self defense, noting that Leuser had a black eye and scratches.
But prosecutors have dismissed that idea, saying police found no sign of a struggle at the house.
At Thursday’s hearing, Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. ordered Leuser held without bail on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery, calling the prosecutor’s story ‘disturbing’.
Leuser is next due in court on December 28.