Police: 2 Chicago Officers, Suspect Shot During Traffic Stop

photo of Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown speaks at a press conference on May 22, 2020. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ
photo of Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown speaks at a press conference on May 22, 2020. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

Police: 2 Chicago Officers, Suspect Shot During Traffic Stop

This story was updated at 5:24 p.m.

Two Chicago police officers are stable after they were shot early Sunday in the city’s Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, according to police.

Police officials also stated the suspect was shot and is in critical condition.

After visiting the officers at Stroger Hospital, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she is relieved that they are in stable condition and asked that people pray for them.

“This was another incident where our brave officers took someone off the street who had a very dangerous weapon and could have been wreaking havoc in the neighborhood,” she said at an early morning press conference in front of the hospital.

The names of the officers and the suspect were not immediately released.

One of the officers was shot twice, once in the chest and once in the arm, while the other was shot once in the arm, according to the preliminary police report. The officer who sustained two gunshot wounds had surgery Sunday morning and is in serious condition, though stable.

A Chicago police spokesman wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon that one of the two officers had been released from the hospital, along with a picture of several officers giving a salute as the injured cop left.

Both the officers are in their 20s and have been on the police force for two years, said Superintendent David Brown. Brown said they were a part of the city’s mobile unit created to combat gun violence.

The incident started at 2:30 a.m. when police stopped a car that matched the description of someone with a gun, according to a preliminary police report.

Brown said the suspect was in the backseat of the car and he refused to get out. When the suspect refused to get out of the car, the officers shattered the vehicle’s window. A struggle ensued and the suspect fired shots at police officers.

Both the police returned fire as did a third officer who had arrived at the scene, Brown said. “The quick response and thinking of their supervisors, their sergeant, likely saved precious time for their treatment,” Brown said. “That really is important when you have bleeding, gunshot wounds. That time is critical to get the treatment started.”Brown also said the officers were wearing body cameras. The footage would be reviewed and more information released when it becomes available, Brown said.

The officers involved will be placed on administrative duties for a month, which is routine. The incident, including officers’ use of force, will be investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, according to the police department.

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