TWO CHICAGO PO­LICE OF­FI­CERS, SUS­PECT WOUNDED IN SHOOTOUT

CITY VI­O­LENCE: 5 SHOT AT RESTAU­RANT HOURS AF­TER 2 COPS WOUNDED IN SHOOTOUT

Chicago Sun-Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY LUKE WILUSZ, TOM SCHUBA AND JER­MAINE NOLEN Luke Wilusz and Jer­maine Nolen are CST Wire Re­porters. Tom Schuba is a Sun-Times Staff Re­porter.

Two Chicago cops were shot and the sus­pected gun­man 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 of­fi­cers pulled over a ve­hi­cle that matched a de­scrip­tion for an ear­lier call about a per­son driv­ing around with a gun, ac­cord­ing to Chicago po­lice.

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 body­cams” and that the shoot­ing is “be­ing re­viewed.” Both are men in their early 20s and 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, Dr. Ha­dyn Hol­lis­ter said. The of­fi­cer un­der­went surgery for lung and ab­dom­i­nal in­juries and was still in hos­pi­tal care Sun­day evening, po­lice said.

The other of­fi­cer suf­fered a gun­shot wound to his left shoul­der and was in good condition, Hol­lis­ter said. He was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The sus­pect was taken to Loy­ola Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in May­wood in fair condition. Au­thor­i­ties were ex­pect­ing all to sur­vive.

Civil­ian Of­fice of Po­lice Ac­count­abil­ity spokesman Ephraim Eaddy said the agency 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.

Mayor Lori Light­foot joined Brown early Sun­day in ad­dress­ing the news me­dia as other of­fi­cers gath­ered out­side the hos­pi­tal. 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 said a weapon was re­cov­ered at the scene, and he posted a photo of a hand­gun with an ex­tended magazine.

Light­foot said the in­ci­dent is ev­i­dence that “de­fund­ing” the po­lice de­part­ment would be a bad idea. Calls to slash fund­ing for law en­force­ment have been am­pli­fied amid a na­tion­wide reck­on­ing over race prompted by the May killing of Ge­orge Floyd, a 46-yearold Black man who died af­ter a po­lice of­fi­cer pressed a knee on his neck in Min­neapo­lis.

The most re­cent flash­point hap­pened last Sun­day 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.

“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.”

Later Sun­day morn­ing, the ac­tivist group Good Kids Mad City com­pared Chicago’s po­lice force to a street gang af­ter the shootout.

“The only dif­fer­ence be­tween them & gang is that CPD has the en­tire crim­i­nal le­gal sys­tem be­hind them,” said Good Kids Mad City, which has helped lead the push to de­fund the city’s po­lice de­part­ment.

“We shoot, we get killed or jail time,” the group added. “They shoot & get paid desk duty!”

Ear­lier this month, po­lice said an­other of­fi­cer-in­volved shootout in En­gle­wood prompted mas­sive loot­ing in the down­town area.

On Aug. 9, 20-year-old La­trell Allen al­legedly opened fire on of­fi­cers as they chased him through an al­ley in the 5700 block of South Racine, po­lice said. The of­fi­cers then re­turned fire and struck Allen, who was later charged with two counts of at­tempted mur­der and one count of un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a weapon.

The shoot­ing gave way to an hours­long stand­off be­tween po­lice and neigh­bor­hood res­i­dents. Though po­lice said a gun was re­cov­ered at the scene, Allen’s brother dis­puted the of­fi­cial nar­ra­tive and de­nied his brother shot at the cops. Un­like with Sun­day’s shoot­ing, those of­fi­cers weren’t equipped with body cam­eras.

Sun­day’s ex­change of gun­fire marks the third time po­lice of­fi­cers have been shot in Chicago in re­cent weeks.

On Aug. 5, an of­fi­cer was shot while re­spond­ing to a do­mes­tic dis­pute in Lawn­dale on the West Side. An­thony Marks was charged with at­tempted mur­der in that in­ci­dent.

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.

And on Satur­day morn­ing, a cop was hit by a stolen ve­hi­cle in Hyde Park, au­thor­i­ties said. That of­fi­cer fired his weapon, but no one was hit.

Lumes Pan­cake House in Mor­gan Park is known to be bustling with peo­ple of all ages on Sun­day morn­ings — from church­go­ers to fam­i­lies and friends.

But about an hour be­fore it was sched­uled to close this Sun­day, the pop­u­lar break­fast spot was sprayed by bul­lets, leav­ing one per­son dead and four peo­ple wounded.

About 1:50 p.m., a man was din­ing un­der a tent at the restau­rant, 11601 S. Western Ave., when a white SUV pulled up and fired shots in his direc­tion, Chicago po­lice and fire of­fi­cials said.

The 31-year-old was struck multiple times and taken to a hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead, po­lice said. Po­lice be­lieve he was the in­tended target.

Four other peo­ple were also struck, po­lice said. Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) said a po­lice of­fi­cer ap­plied a tourni­quet to stop the bleed­ing for one gun­shot vic­tim on the scene and “may have saved a life.”

A man and woman, both 32, were shot in their legs and taken to Christ Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Oak Lawn, where their con­di­tions were sta­bi­lized, po­lice said. A 43-year-old woman was shot in the ab­domen and but­tocks and taken to the same hos­pi­tal, where her condition was also sta­bi­lized.

An­other woman, 30, was shot in the foot, po­lice said. She was in good condition at Lit­tle

Com­pany of Mary Hos­pi­tal.

Justin Davis, 20, said he was sit­ting in his back­yard when he heard “30 shots” ring out.

“I’ve never heard some­thing like that be­fore,” said Davis, who lives down the street from Lumes Pan­cake House. “It’s just crazy.”

Davis ran out of his back­yard to see what the com­mo­tion was. Then, he saw peo­ple run­ning — in­clud­ing chil­dren and older ladies — from the restau­rant.

“[At] a restau­rant, like Lumes? Come on,” Davis said. “In a neigh­bor­hood like this, noth­ing like that go­ing on over here. So it’s def­i­nitely some­thing we have to watch out for, it’s just one of those things now.”

O’Shea, who was on the scene all af­ter­noon, said the “sense­less vi­o­lence must stop.”

“All Chicagoans should be able to go out to eat with­out fear,” O’Shea said in a state­ment. “To­day’s in­ci­dent was a hor­rific tragedy, and we must work to­gether to hold those re­spon­si­ble ac­count­able.”

O’Shea also pleaded with the community, ask­ing any­one who might have in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the shoot­ing to come for­ward.

“We need your help to pre­vent more vi­o­lence and loss of life,” O’Shea said. “We need to part­ner with the po­lice and we need to sup­port the po­lice.”

KATHY CHANEY/SUN-TIMES

Chicago Po­lice Supt. David Brown and Mayor Lori Light­foot speak out­side Stroger Hos­pi­tal early Sun­day af­ter two Chicago po­lice of­fi­cers and a sus­pect were wounded in a shoot­ing in­ci­dent in the 3300 block of West Polk Street.

TYLER LAR­IV­IERE/SUN-TIMES

Chicago po­lice in­ves­ti­gate Sun­day out­side Lumes Pan­cake House, 11601 S. Western Ave.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.