Chicago police officer shot, killed in Gage Park
CHICAGO (WLS) — A Chicago police officer shot on the city’s Southwest Side Wednesday afternoon has died from his injuries.
“This is a very difficult time for the Chicago Police Department,” Brown said. “We’re heartbroken.”
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the officer was responding to a domestic violence 911 call about a person with a gun in the 5200-block of South Spaulding at about 4:45 p.m.
The caller told police a man was chasing a woman down the street with a gun, Brown said. Two two-officer cars responded to the scene. One set of officers knocked on the door of the home, while the other set of officers began talking to the suspect.
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The suspect ran from officers, still with the gun. The officers gave chase and the officer who died and the suspect exchanged gunfire at close range, Brown said.
The officer was struck multiple times and taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The suspect was also shot in the head and is currently hospitalized in critical condition.
The call of an officer down sent a swarm of police officers rushing to the aid of one of their own.
Brown said the officer had been with the department for five years and has a family of public servants. No further details about the officer have been released.
Earlier today, we lost one of our own. An on-duty police officer was fatally shot while responding to a person with a gun call. Please pray for this officer’s family, loved ones, partner and all of our Chicago Police officers who are grieving this tremendous loss. pic.twitter.com/dlEucYrmY9
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) March 2, 2023
The suspect is 18 years old and does not have an extensive criminal history, Brown said.
Hundreds of officers escorted the fallen officer’s body from the hospital the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Chicago mayoral candidate Paul Vallas released a statement, saying in part, “The courageous men and women of the Chicago police department have suffered another tragic loss of one of their own to the ultimate sacrifice of protecting our communities. My heartfelt thoughts are with the officer’s loved ones and the entire CPD family who are grieving during this difficult time.”
Chicago mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson released a statement, saying, “This is a sad and sorrowful day for our city, and my heart goes out to the family, friends and colleagues of the Chicago police officer whose life was taken in the line of duty in Gage Park this afternoon. I am praying for healing for all those close as we await further details on this tragedy.”
The last Chicago police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty was Ofc. Ella French.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability will be conducting an investigation into the police shooting. Brown said body-worn camera footage is being reviewed.