Chicago shooting: 2 suspects at large after CPD officer shot in West Englewood

CHICAGO (WLS) — A Chicago police officer shot dead Wednesday afternoon in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood remains hospitalized Thursday morning and those responsible remain at large.

CPD spokesman Tom Ahern tweeted that a 7th District officer was shot and taken to University of Chicago Hospital.

DPC Superintendent David Brown said at around 5:42 p.m. two officers — who were in uniform and driving a marked police cruiser — attempted a traffic stop near 61st and Paulina streets. The car they were trying to stop first accelerated, then came back and slowed down so it could park parallel to the officers’ car and opened fire, hitting the female officer, who was the driver of the police car. police.

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Her partner then jumped into the driver’s seat and rushed her to the University of Chicago Hospital, Brown said. His condition changed from critical to serious, and stable, just before 7:30 p.m.

The injured officer’s partner was also examined at Northwestern and later released, with officials saying he was not harmed in any way. Dozens of his fellow officers were there when he walked out on Wednesday evening.

They stood in silence, greeting him, before we could see him raise his hand, as if to signal that he was fine. Her siblings in blue then burst into applause.

Nearby residents said they heard at least a handful of gunshots and initially thought they might be fireworks. But when swarms of officers started arriving on the scene, they knew it had to be a shootout.

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“It was like ‘pop pop, pop pop pop pop’. It was like five or six knocks,” a witness said.

The car carrying the shooter then drove away and crashed near 64th and South Bishop streets, and those inside fled on foot in different directions.

In a second update, Supt. Brown said police found car keys and a gun “in the immediate area” where the suspect fled after crashing the car.

Chopper7 HD captured video of a bullet hole in the windshield of the police SUV.

Brown said witnesses told police the attackers may have fled to a nearby building. Police searched the area for suspects, establishing a perimeter and launching police helicopters to assist in the search.

Police said they were looking for at least two suspects.

Officers from the Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police and even the Cicero Police Department all responded to the scene. SWAT officers were also on the scene and assisted in the search.

This shooting happened less than a mile from where Officer Ella French was shot and killed and her partner Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. was seriously injured 10 months ago. Some members of the community are fed up.

“You are killing our future here. You are killing our future. It has to stop. This gun thing has to stop,” said Tonya Baldwin, who grew up in West Englewood.

“I am very concerned that the children here in Englewood and the police are being shot and killed. It’s so sad,” said Pastor James Cobb, with Jesus Christ of Greater Faith.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted a statement about the shooting, saying in part, “My family and I will pray for the injured officer and the entire department as they grapple with another heinous and deliberate assault on life. of our officers. I have asked the Superintendent to use all possible resources to find the person responsible for this attempted murder of a police officer and bring him to justice.”

The shooting follows a violent Memorial Day weekend in which all days off were canceled for cops. Police said 250 guns were removed from the streets over the holiday weekend, 75 on Remembrance Day alone.

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