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Police officer shot son for swapping his vodka with water, prosecutors say

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INDIAN HEAD PARK, Ill. -- A suburban police officer charged with shooting his son during an apparent argument over a bottle of vodka.

The judge in this case called the allegations "disturbing" and ordered 48-year old cop to be held without bail.

Prosecutors say a high ranking suburban police officer shot his son inside of the home on the Southwest Side.

A neighbor who asked us not to use her name witnessed the aftermath.  She says Indian Head Park police sergeant Ray Leuser is a good neighbor.

But in Cook County court today, prosecutors painted a different picture.

They say Leuser called in sick for his shift two days ago. Instead, he went to a neighborhood 7-11 to purchase pizza and popcorn and vodka.

Later that day, his 22-year-old son, who sometimes stays in the basement of this home, drank the vodka and replaced it with water.

After shouting, Leuser shot his son in the stomach, shoulders and thigh.

Police found shell casings and two .45 caliber guns in the home.  He’s now charged with attempted murder.

The officer’s son remains in the hospital in critical condition in need of at least two more surgeries to remove bullets from his body.