Trial Date Set for Man Involved in Walmart Altercation

Montgomery man accused of shoving an off-duty police officer on Super Bowl Sunday appeared in court Wednesday.

The Montgomery man involved in a is set to stand trial in September, State's Attorney Eric Weis said.

Jason Thurmond, who was charged with battery stemming from the incident, appeared in Kendall County circuit court Wednesday. The case will be up for scheduling matters on Sept. 12, and the trial could start Sept. 17.

The incident started with the express lane and ended with an off-duty police officer pulling a gun in the store. Thurmond has said he left the checkout to retrieve eggs from the store and returned from the aisles to find the officer - who Thurmond did not know was an off-duty police officer - arguing with his nine-months-pregnant wife.

Thurmond admits to shoving the officer to keep him away from his wife, he said, and that’s when the gun was pulled and pointed at his chest, he said. The 911 tapes from the incident reveal that the officer only announced himself as a sheriff’s deputy after drawing his weapon.

Thurmond has identified the officer as Dep. Craig French, a veteran with the department who serves as the public information officer.

No shots were fired, and Oswego police arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and charged Thurmond with battery. to see part of the survellience video.

Yorkville Mom June 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
This is ridiculous. Eric Weis thinks that he and his deputies are all above the law and treat citizens as if they're all criminals.
Elizabeth Braun Wilke June 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Anyone know if this matter is set for jury trial or bench trial? Andre?
Martin June 15, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Nice to finally know the name of the cowardly cop that thought yelling and screaming at a pregnant lady in the middle of a rush was the smart thing to do...let alone then pulling him gun in the same crowd.
Herm June 15, 2012 at 05:10 PM
What heroic action would this 'cop' have done if he did not have a gun? Would he have knocked the eggs out of Mr. Thurmond's hands and clucked like a chicken. Diid the deputy swear out a battery warrant? or did the Oswego Police do it? Either way, it is way over the top reaction. How many of us would have pushed him away from our expenctant wife. Defending his own I say. Self defense I say. Idiot with a gun I say. Is this another case of the good 'ol boys club, with the deputy and the oswego police watching out for each other??
Jax or Better June 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM
And he settles out of court for $20,000 or actually $13,200 after attorney contingency and we hear no further comments? Really? You people that castigated this officer have no comment? Stop and ask yourself, "If this were me and it went down exactly the way Thurmond said it did, scaring your pregnant wife, putting your unborn child's life in danger, would you settle for $13,200?"


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