Officials: 2 Officers Did Not Hear Train Coming Before Being Fatally Struck

Bernie Tafoya
December 18, 2018 - 10:06 am

Chicago Police


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Officials said two Chicago police officers who were killed Monday night by a commuter train never saw the train that hit them. 

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said body cam video shows Officers Eduardo Marmolejo and Conrad Gary had been on the tracks around 103rd and Cottage Grove discussing where a suspected shooter might have gone when they were killed instantly.

 "You can clearly see a northbound train approaching. The officers acknowledge that train and then, unfortunately, instantly they’re hit from behind by a southbound train that they don’t realize is right behind them," Guglielmi said.

"We suspect that the sound of the northbound train masked the sound of the train that was just feet behind the officers."

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson and his commanders conducted a line-by-line search for remains of the two officers so that officers from the hard-hit 5th District did not have to do it. This year, two officers from the 5th District committed suicide outside the station and another officer suffered a heart attack and died at the station.

Guglielmi said the officers were not fired at by a shooter and did not fire their weapons.

He said the person now in custody is expected to be charged later Tuesday. Guglielmi said it's unclear why the person had been shooting since there was no criminal damage to property anywhere nearby. He said the man may have been test-firing a weapon.

Officers Marmolejo and Gary were given a blue escort by dozens of police officers to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.