JOLIET – The case of a Joliet police officer accused of recklessly firing his gun inside his girlfriend’s townhome is heading to a jury trial.
On May 14, a trial is slated to begin for Nicholas Crowley, 37, a Joliet police officer who faces a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm. Crowley has been accused of hitting his girlfriend, who also is a Joliet police officer, firing his gun into the ceiling of her townhome and destroying her TV set.
Crowley was arrested July 17 on charges of domestic battery, criminal damage to property and reckless discharge of a firearm. On Aug. 31, a grand jury indicted Crowley on a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm but returned a no bill on domestic battery and criminal damage charges.
The grand jury found no probable cause for domestic battery and criminal damage to property charges. They heard testimony from Crowley’s girlfriend, two women and a Joliet police detective sergeant.
Lorinda Lamken, a special prosecutor, was assigned to the case as Crowley and his girlfriend are witnesses on cases the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office is prosecuting.
Crowley’s attorneys’ Jeff Tomzack and Robert Bodach were unavailable Monday.
On Sept. 14, a Will County judge approved modifying Crowley’s bond to allow nonoffensive contact with his girlfriend, whom he had been charged with battering.
Crowley has been disciplined by Joliet police several times in the past. On July 31, he was suspended from his job for five days after an internal affairs investigation determined that he violated department policy by posing in his uniform and brandishing his on-duty firearm in a Snapchat photo.