2 Chicago police officers, suspect wounded in West Side shootout
The shooting happened at 2:33 a.m. Sunday in the 3300 block of West Polk Street after police pulled over a vehicle that matched a description for an earlier call about a person driving around with a gun.By Luke Wilusz Updated Aug 30, 2020, 8:56am CDT
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Two Chicago police officers in the department’s newly formed summer mobile patrol unit were shot and the suspected shooter was wounded by police early Sunday after a traffic stop in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side.
The shooting happened at 2:33 a.m. in the 3300 block of West Polk Street after police pulled over a vehicle that matched a description for an earlier call about a person driving around with a gun.
Speaking outside the emergency room at Stroger Hospital — where both officers were being treated — police Supt. David Brown said the officers spotted a gun in the vehicle during the stop.
They broke the windows after the suspect, who appeared to have moved from the front seat to the back seat, refused to get out.
A struggle ensued, and the suspect shot both officers, Brown said. A third officer arrived and returned fire, hitting the suspect, the superintendent said.
Brown said the injured officers were “wearing body cams” and that the shooting is “being reviewed.” Both are men in their early 20s who have been on the job for about two years.
They are part of the department’s summer mobile patrol unit, a group of 200-plus officers Brown assembled in May to address crime “hot spots” citywide.
One officer was shot twice on the left side and was in serious condition, Stroger Hospital Dr. Hadyn Hollister said. He had been undergoing surgery for lung and abdominal injuries.
The other officer suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder and was in good condition, Hollister said.https://0f4e3fa8eef7e23846cb21f26b508c78.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
The suspect was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Chicago Fire Department officials said.
He was in critical but “stable” condition, authorities said, so it appeared that both the police officers and suspect all would survive.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Brown early Sunday in addressing the news media, as well as police officers who had gathered outside the hospital, about the shooting. She praised the officers’ supervisor for getting on the scene quickly and driving them to Stroger.
“Their supervisor brought them here and probably saved their lives,” Lightfoot said.
In a tweet Sunday morning, police spokesman Tom Ahern wrote a weapon was recovered at the scene and posted a photo of a handgun with an extended magazine.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1300007234127134721&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fchicago.suntimes.com%2Fcrime%2F2020%2F8%2F30%2F21407345%2Fchicago-police-officers-suspect-shot-homan-square-west-side-polk-spaulding&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px
In her remarks outside the hospital, Lightfoot cited the Sunday morning incident as a reason that “defunding” the police department, as some activists have called for in Chicago and in cities nationwide, would be a bad idea.
That movement has grown in the wake of a string of police shootings of young Black men, most recently in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where police shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake in the back as he tried to get in a car that contained three of his children. Blake is expected to survive but is paralyzed from the waist down.
“Now, there are some who would say we don’t need the police, and safety can be accomplished through other means,” Lightfoot said.
“And I know having been around law enforcement for a very long time and been around the heroic men and women of the Chicago Police Department, the only people who are qualified based upon their training, supervision and courage to respond to a person with a gun — to respond when our residents are in danger — the only people qualified to do that are the police.
“So we should have that discussion” about police reform, Lightfoot continued, “but let’s be clear-eyed about what the dangers are that not only exist for our residents — but also for law enforcement.“
Civilian Office of Police Accountability spokesman Ephraim Eaddy said COPA is investigating the shooting, which is standard practice in any case where officers shoot anybody. The officers involved will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days, police said.
On Saturday morning, an officer was hit by a stolen vehicle in Hyde Park, authorities said. The officer fired his weapon, but no one was hit.
This is the third time police officers have been shot in Chicago in recent weeks.
Less than a week before that, a detainee who allegedly concealed a gun during transport to a Northwest Side police station opened fire and wounded three officers. Lovelle Jordan, in turn, was shot multiple times at the 25th District police station, 5555 W. Grand Ave., police said. Jordan, 25, faces six counts of attempted murder.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-1&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1300014021802954752&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fchicago.suntimes.com%2Fcrime%2F2020%2F8%2F30%2F21407345%2Fchicago-police-officers-suspect-shot-homan-square-west-side-polk-spaulding&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px
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