Chicago: Two-time convicted felon, cop-killer arrested AGAIN for murder after reportedly killing senior citizen

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CHICAGO, IL – A 75-year-old man who was convicted in connection with the death of a Chicago Police officer in 1969 and convicted of murder in 1975 for another killing was arrested again for murder on May 17th.

Authorities say that this 75-year-old, a two-time convicted felon, killed someone right outside of a senior citizen facility located off of North California Avenue in the city’s West Side.

On May 17th, SWAT team members descended upon the home of 75-year-old Bernard Barry.

The elderly, two-time convicted felon was reportedly sitting on the back porch of a duplex when police arrived at the home to arrest the previously convicted murderer for another murder that he allegedly committed outside of a senior center.

According to a release from the Chicago Police Department, Barry had allegedly shot a 42-year-old man at approximately 3:05 p.m. outside of the senior center located within the 300 block of North California Avenue.

Bernard Barry mugshot
Bernard Barry mugshot – Chicago Police Department

According to the Associated Press, the victim, later identified as Tyran Evans, had “approached a car Bernard Barry was sitting in and ordered him out. As Evans tried to throw a punch, Barry fired a handgun, striking Evans in the side.”

While apparently making a feeble attempt to avoid arrest, armed SWAT team members moved in and took Barry into custody hours after the fatal shooting.

Barry was convicted back in 1970 in connection to the April 1969 death of Chicago Police Officer Erwin Jackson. Officer Jackson was accidentally shot and killed by his partner while they were trying to arrest Berry back in 1969.

The accidental shooting occurred while officer Jackson was trying to wrestle a firearm out of Barry’s hands, which Officer Jackson’s partner fired three shots – two struck Barry and one fatally struck Officer Jackson.

Barry was originally charged with killing Officer Jackson, but the charges were later amended to aggravated assault and Barry was sentenced to eight years in prison for the offense.

Then in 1975, Barry was convicted of murder and sentenced to 90 years in prison. However, Barry was paroled in 2005.

As of the evening of May 19th, Barry was listed as being held without bond for suspicion of murder.

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The fatal shooting outside of the senior center was preceded with a violent weekend in Chicago. 

Law Enforcement Today reported on the weekend stretching between the 14 through the 16th of May. Here’s that previous report. 

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CHICAGO, IL – This weekend brought cause for celebration to much of the country following the recent loosening of pandemic restrictions, but for the people of Chicago, it was just another violent weekend.

At least 42 people were shot this weekend in the city, and five of them have died. The shootings include the wounding of a toddler injured in a drive-by shooting.

Just before 7 p.m. on Friday night, someone drove up alongside a car the 2-year-old girl was riding in the 2800-block of 26th Street and fired into the vehicle, striking the child.

The toddler was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg and is listed in good condition, according to police. No one has been charged in the shooting.

The first fatal shooting of the weekend occurred at 1148 p.m. on Friday when police heard gunshots and observed an 18-year-old man running carrying a rifle. The man had been shot in the back and in the arm.

The man was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

A 32-year-old man was located near the scene with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital.

In a multiple shooting incident, three men were shot in a parking garage at 0:50 a.m. on Saturday. Police reported they discovered the men with gunshot wounds, and medics transported them to area hospitals. The ages were 20, 27, and 28 years old.

Social media reported that Chicago rapper Lil Reese was reportedly one of the victims shot during the incident.

The 20-year-old was shot in the knee, and his condition is unknown. The two other men had multiple gunshot wounds and were listed in critical condition.

At 6:37 p.m. on Saturday, two men were shot and wounded in the 400 block of East 63rd Street in West Woodlawn. They were in a car when at least one assailant came up and fired shots.

Around 4 a.m. on Saturday, two people were killed and three others were injured in a shooting at a yard party in Auburn Gresham. The shooting took place around 4 a.m. in the 7800 block of Loomis Boulevard.

Police reported that a man opened fire on the party and then fled the scene.

A 38-year-old man was shot in the thigh and a 60-year-old man was shot in the face. They were both taken to U of C Medical Center. Their condition was not known.

The weekend’s violence is nothing new to city residents. Last weekend was much of the same with 26 people hurt and five people killed in shootings.

When Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) took office in 2019, she vowed to stop gun violence in the city.

During her inaugural address, Lightfoot said that she has “no higher calling” than restoring safety and peace in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

She stressed during the speech:

 “Enough of the shooting. Enough of the guns. Enough of the violence.”

Despite her promise, after three years of falling homicide totals, 2020 ended with 769 homicides, 274 more than the previous year and the most since the 784 homicides in 2016.

The latest shooting victim figures show 2020 ended with 4,033 shooting victims compared with 2,598 the year before.

In a column written for the Joyce Foundation last month, Chicago journalist and author David Mendell wrote:

“Lightfoot, after all, came into office 23 months ago proclaiming that ending Chicago’s unyielding neighborhood violence would be her top priority, only to see homicides jump 50 percent during her second year in office.

“The mayor has become the face of the city’s inability to tackle the issue that never seems to leave us—neighborhood violence and murdered young people.”

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