3 Chicago Police Officers Shot While Arresting Suspect, Who Also Is Hit By Gunfire

Mike Krauser
July 30, 2020 - 10:28 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Five Chicago police officers were transported to hospitals Thursday morning, with three of them shot while arresting a man outside the 25th District police station.

The shooting unfolded around 9:40 a.m., Chicago police said.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said the officers were taking a "violent" suspect into custody outside the police station after spotting a vehicle from a carjacking incident that occurred downtown last month.

"During the arrest process, the offender was able to fire multiple shots at arresting officers. Officer No. 1 has a gunshot wound to the chin, he was shot in his vest. He is currently being treated. Officer No. 2 has a gunshot wound to his vest. It did not penetrate. He is being treated at Loyola Hospital. [Officer No.> Three has a gunshot wound to the hip, and is being treated at Loyola," Brown said.

Police shot the suspect, who was taken to Stroger Hospital.

"I want to strongly emphasize dangers that these and all Chicago officers experience every, every day, protecting the residents of Chicago," Brown said. "When they leave home, they leave their loved ones and put these stars on and risk everything. They risk everything protecting all of us."

Supt. Brown did not say whether the suspect was armed or whether he took one of the officers' guns.

The other two officers who were hospitalized were having chest pains, and were taken for evaluation.

Dr. Samuel Kingsley, trauma surgeon at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, said the hospital received and treated one of the officers who was shot. He said the officer sustained a gunshot wound to his neck and "it was necessary to put a breathing tube in in order to protect his airway and allow him to breathe safely. We are working to stabilize him at this point."

Initially, police reported only one officer was shot.

The suspect’s condition was unknown.

Additional details were not immediately available.

Also investigating the incident is the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA.

In June, a Chicago police officer was shot in the knee after approaching a suspect in Bronzeville on the South Side, police said.