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2 Police Officers Fatally Struck By Train On South Side

December 17, 2018 - 8:04 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a South Shore commuter train Monday evening during an investigation of shots fired in the Rosemoor neighborhood on the city's Far South Side.

The accident happened after 6 p.m. at 103rd and Cottage Grove as the officers were responding to "shot spotter" technology that indicated someone had fired a weapon. An individual was seen on the tracks, and the oncoming train that struck the officers was traveling between 60 mph and 70 mph, Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said.

The officers were pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

The Cook County Medical examiner’s office didn’t immediately confirm their deaths.

Johnson identified the officers as Eduardo Marmolejo, 36, and Conrad Gary, 31. Marmolejo was on the force for 2 1/2 years and Gary was had been an officer for 18 months. Both were fathers.

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"We've lost two young men, both fathers with young families. This holiday will never be the same for those two families," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who joined Johnson and other officials at a news conference at police headquarters.

A suspect taken into custody and a gun was recovered at the scene, said Johnson,

“A devastating tragedy occurred tonight,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.

About 6:20 p.m., Metra officials were informed that the officers had been struck by eastbound South Shore Line train 119, which left Millennium Station at 5:58 p.m., according to Metra spokeswoman Sylvia Cooper. As a result, all power was shut down on the Metra Electric District Line from 69th Street to 115th Street.

As of 11:35 p.m., outbound Electric District trains were operating to 95th Street, where passengers were then being bused to the Kensington station to meet outbound trains to University Park, according to Metra’s website. Inbound Electric District trains were operating up to the Kensington station, and riders were then being bused to 95th Street to meet inbound trains to Millennium Station.

Inbound Electric District train 148, which was scheduled to leave the University Park station at 10:40 p.m., had been canceled, Metra said.

As of 10:34 p.m., passengers from eastbound South Shore Line trains 19, 101, 121 and 123 were being bused from Millennium Station to their final destinations, according to an alert. Passengers from westbound South Shore Line train 222 were being bused from the Hegewisch station to Millennium Station.

Eastbound CTA No. 106 buses were temporarily being rerouted in both directions from 100th Street, 103rd Street, King Drive and Cottage Grove Avenue due to street blockage, according to an alert.

The death of the two officers Monday comes during an especially tragic year for CPD.

Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was fatally shot in February as he confronted a suspect outside the Thompson Center in The Loop; a suspect is being held for trial.

Last month, Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez was fatally shot during a confrontation with an active shooter at Mercy Hospital. Two civilians and the gunman also died.

In addition, three police officers, including two based at the 5th District, have taken their lives.

"This has been an immensely difficult year for the Chicago Police Department, especially the 5th District," Johnson said.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire