Police Shoot Robbery Suspect At Burger King In Maywood

Bernie Tafoya
September 10, 2018 - 9:45 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Maywood police shot a suspect on Sunday night responding to an apparent armed robbery at a Burger King in the west suburb.

The shooting happened at 8:18 p.m. outside the Burger King at 49 E. Lake St. in Maywood, according to Illinois State Police. 

Maywood officers had been called about an armed robbery in progress at the Burger King, state police said. Two responding officers fired at the robbery suspect.

Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley said a 42-year-old Maywood resident had walked into the fast food place holding a weapon.

"To my knowledge, it was a BB gun, but it had the look of a real firearm," he said.

Chief Talley said the officers likely ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he did not and was shot.

The person, whose age and gender were not released, was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life threatening, according to state police. The officers involved also were taken to a hospital as a precaution; both have been treated and released.

"In my opinion, he should have given himself up and he shouldn’t have been in the business with anything even resembling a firearm," Talley said.

Meanwhile, the chief said, "the officers are fine. They were taken to Westlake Hospital as just a matter of protocol. Any time we have an officer-involved shooting, we want to make sure the officers are well."

A gun and “proceeds from the robbery” were recovered at the scene, according to Maywood police.

Chief Talley said the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit is looking into the circumstances of police using their weapons. The chief believes investigators will find the officers were justified in using force.

The chief said the Cook County Sheriff's Office has gathered evidence from the crime scene.

Chief Talley said the last time a Maywood police officer used his or her weapon was about a year ago.

Anyone who saw the shooting or has information about it is asked to call the State Police at (847) 294-4400.