A Cook County grand jury has indicted a 19-year-old Riverside man, charging him with six counts of felony aggravated assault for allegedly threatening a police officer with a weapon, which turned out to be a BB-type gun, during an incident in Harrington Park on the night of Feb. 5

James C. Reilly, who was wounded in the leg when a police officer opened fire, initially was arrested in March by the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force, which handled the investigation.

At that time, Reilly was charged with two counts of aggravated assault to a police officer, a Class 4 felony. The grand jury added four more counts of the same offense.

About 30 police officers responded to Harrington Park in Riverside at about 9:25 p.m. on Feb. 5 after receiving calls of a man with a gun.

According to police, Reilly was “highly intoxicated” and was carrying what appeared to be a MAC-10-type automatic rifle, outfitted with a silencer. While the gun turned out to be an Airsoft rifle, police described it as “a direct replica of an automatic rifle.”

Police reportedly negotiated with Reilly for an hour, but the incident escalated when he allegedly stood up and pointed the rifle at police officers. 

A police officer, who has not been identified but reportedly was not a Riverside officer, fired three shots, hitting Reilly once in the leg. He was hospitalized and treated for the gunshot wound.

Because the incident involved a police officer discharging his weapon, the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force took over the investigation. Riverside police played no role in the investigation, according to Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.

Bob Uphues