A man escaped felony charges, but not all charges, when the Cook County State’s Attorney refused to approve charges for a confrontation between brothers at the Oak Lawn residence of the victim.
The Oak Lawn police were called to the Oak Lawn residence near 95th and Kolin for an “armed subject” last Sunday at about 2:30 p.m.
When the police arrived, the resident told them that he was walking on the sidewalk outside his home with his two female cousins when he saw a red Hyundai slowly driving through the parking lot. He soon discovered that the driver of the car was his brother, Peter Burke, and he went over the car to talk to him.
When he reached the car, the resident told the police, he asked his brother why he was “creeping around…” his home. According to the resident, his brother pulled out two black handguns and pointed one at the victim, allegedly stating “I’ll kill you”.
The victim turned away, according to his story, and told his cousins that his brother Peter had just pulled a gun on him. He then went inside and called the Oak Lawn police.
The two cousins told the police that they were too far away from the car to hear either of the parties and only knew what the resident had told them. They said the resident was talking loudly and yelling while Peter was not. Neither cousin saw any weapons.
However, Peter Burke allegedly admitted having a handgun on his lap for protection. He had also called police because he believed his brother went inside the home to get his own gun with the intention of shooting him.
Peter allegedly told the police he was in the area because he wanted to “know exactly where his brother lives”. He allegedly also stated that he believes his brother stole three of their father’s handguns that disappeared in the last week. He based this allegation on the fact that he allegedly believes his brother is a career criminal. Peter said that neither he nor his brother made any threats against the other but that his brother was verbally aggressive in his conversation with him.
Burke allegedly admitted that he had the gun in his hand, with the finger off the trigger and the barrel pointed away from his brother during the conversation. He allegedly told the police he had the gun out because he feared that his brother had one of his father’s guns and he wanted to make sure he was protected.
The police arrested Peter Burke, a 67 year old black male, with a Park Forest address. Burke was charged with the misdemeanor aggravated assault. Peter Burke did have a valid FOID card and a valid concealed carry license.