Lawsuit alleges off-duty Chicago aviation cop acted recklessly in shooting

CHICAGO —   A Chicago aviation security is officer is being sued for chasing, then shooting a driver while off-duty.  The lawsuit accuses officer Jordan Wisniewski of recklessly opening fire on a fellow driver whom he had pursued for more than a mile.

The altercation happened in June along Deerfield Rd in Buffalo Grove.  Police reports indicate officer Wisniewski claimed someone had shot at his car so he turned around and gave chase.  He caught up to the 18-year-old driver Tomas Blasberg and his passenger forcing them to stop.  Blasberg says Wisniewski confronted him, then fired a nine millimeter handgun, hitting Blasberg’s windshield and striking him in the abdomen causing serious injury.

Blasberg and his friend reportedly had BB guns in their car but they deny shooting at Wisniewski and causing the confrontation.

The lawsuit names Wisniewski and the City of Chicago as defendants.

Attorney Michael Salvi filed the suit which states the officer “believed he was acting within his capacity as a police officer for the Chicago Department of Aviation to sanction, justify, cover and otherwise condone his actions.”

Wisniewski is still employed by the Chicago Department of Aviation.  Last year, the city changed the way it refers to its airport officers by substituting the word “police” with “security” officer in their job titles and uniforms.   The change happened after video of an aviation officer violently dragging a United Airlines passenger off a plane went viral.

As WGN Investigates reported last year, the city provided gun training and certification for its officers despite the fact they don’t carry guns on the job.  After our reporting, the city said it would no longer pay for weapons training for aviation officers.

The city issued a response saying:

“We do not comment on pending litigation, however we plan to vigorously defend against this suit.”