Man Charged with UUW after Fleeing with Switches that Convert Handguns to Fully Automatic Weapons

Apr 11, 2019Press Release

A 26-year-old Chicago man has been charged after he fled from investigators with a package containing switches that convert Glock handguns to fully automatic weapons, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Sheriff’s Police investigators received information from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that a package with two switches addressed to a residence in Calumet City had been intercepted at a postal facility. At approximately 6:40 p.m. on April 9, Sheriff’s Police, HSI and the United States Postal Inspection Service executed a search warrant at the residence in the 400 block of Burnham Avenue after the package was delivered to that address.

During the execution of the search warrant, a man, later identified as Devante Murphy, fled from the residence with the package still in hand, jumping off a balcony. He was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. Both switches were later located and recovered.

Murphy, of the 8900 block of South Union Avenue, was charged on April 10 with unlawful use of a weapon/machine gun- automatic weapon. His bond was set at $50,000-D during his court appearance today at the Markham Courthouse.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.