Chicago Warriors: More Evidence

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"Sanela!" Lt. Borelli stuck his head around the door of his office and shouted for Latarski to join him.
"What's up Frank?"

"The Shannon shooting, that's what's up," he said. "This guy Rosato is dirty, more dirty than we thought if that's even possible. Don't wrap up that investigative summary just yet; we've got more fuel for the fire."

"Now what?" Latarski wondered. She had almost finished with her report. The Crime Lab had fired the gun that Rosato alleged the burglar shot Shannon with. Ballistics matched; however, a review of the surveillance video showed Rosato taking the weapon from his own pocket and standing over Shannon, shooting him in the head. The video also showed Rosato firing his own service weapon at Shannon as Pete left cover to handcuff the suspect, then shooting the suspect. The bullet that she retrieved from Pete's vest matched ballistically with Rosato's service weapon, as did the round retrieved from the deceased's body.

The camera also captured Rosato going over and replacing the bad guy's gun with the drop gun. He then walked around the area, apparently looking to collect the spent casings from his own pistol, but was interrupted by Officers Benson and Groman. A short while later, the tape shows Rosato walking off camera. Luckily Groman saw him at this point, as he went to the dumpster in an effort to hide the bad guy's gun. A subsequent search produced the gun in the trash.

The Crime Lab guys had done a good job, finding and preserving Rosato's fingerprints on the bad guy's gun and the drop gun. They also used a relatively new technique developed in the State Police Crime Lab to raise the serial number that had been filed down. It came back to a robbery two years ago at a gun shop on the West Side in which the proprietor was seriously wounded. All of the video, physical evidence at the scene, and Pete's subsequent memory of what happened, seemed to make for an air-tight case against The Hammer.

Borelli sat down at his desk and motioned for Lararski to sit. "Gang Crimes busted a guy last night in ‘Little Italy'. The guy's name is Frank Folanozzo, a punk that's been arrested numerous times for drugs and guns. Seems he got caught holdin' dope and a gun last night in a buy-bust that Gang Crimes was working with ATF. He's looking at going back to the joint for a long time, based on this bust and his criminal history. He wants to make a deal...says he knows a cop that's that bought drugs from him in the past and a gun. The Gangs guy asked for a name so they could verify the info-Sal Rosato was the name he gave up."

"Holy cow, lew, what else is this guy into? He's on admin leave with pay right now, but I think we need to talk with legal and have this guy suspended. We need to get his Star and gun taken away."

"I agree," said the lieutenant. "He's milking this EAP thing for all its worth. We need to get him indicted as soon as possible. I'll call legal and get the ball rolling, and have the Gang Unit fax Folanozzo's statement over here. This case will never go to trial; Rosato's going to deal on this one if he's smart."

Latarski got up to leave the office. "One other thing lew...this thing is going to be all over the papers and TV. I think that we owe it to Pete and Beth to fill them in on what's going on, before they see it on the news."
"Yeah, good idea Sanela. Do that at your earliest convenience, and remind them that it's an open investigation-everything's confidential until I say otherwise."

"Will do boss."
"Yes sir?"

"I'm really happy with the job that you're doing. Your investigative skills and your professional demeanor are admirable. I know that you're on the sergeant's promotional list. I'd hope that if you have the chance to come back to the unit, you'll give it strong consideration."

Turning a little red, Latarski responded. "That's means a lot Frank, thank you."

"My pleasure; I think that a leader is obligated to give praise when it's deserved and correction when it's needed. I wish that all of my detectives were like you."
Sanela walked out feeling good about a lot of things-the job, her boss, Pete's recovery, and the fact that she was about to get a bad cop off the street. Life was good.

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John Wills spent 2 years in the U.S. Army before serving 12 years with the Chicago Police Department (CPD). He left the CPD to become an FBI Special Agent, working organized crime, violent crime, and drugs.  John Wills is an author of Chicago Warriors: Midnight Battles in the Windy City published by

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