CHICAGO — Three officers were shot while trying to arrest a man Thursday morning in Belmont Cragin.
The incident happened as police were trying to arrest a man who was in a car that had been stolen June 26 Downtown, Supt. David Brown said during a press conference about the shooting. On Thursday, the officers saw the man in the car, stopped him and took him into custody.
At 9:40 a.m., when the officers had taken the man to the 25th District police station, 5555 W. Grand Ave., the man fired shots, Brown said.
One officer was shot in his chin, Brown said. He’s being treated at Illinois Masonic Hospital.
Dr. Samuel Kingsley, a trauma surgeon at the hospital, said the officer was hit in the left side of his neck. Doctors had to put in a breathing tube so the officer could safely breathe, and they’re working to stabilize him.
A second officer was hit in his vest. The bullet did not penetrate the vest, and he was taken to Loyola Hospital for treatment, Brown said.
A third officer was hit in his hip and taken to Loyola Hospital, Brown said.
Two other officers had chest pain and were taken to Loyola Hospital, as well, Brown said.
Officers shot the gunman during the incident and he was taken to Stroger Hospital, Brown said.
No further information was immediately available.
Brown asked the people of Chicago to keep the officers in their thoughts and said the shooting was a reminder of the danger police officers face.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot echoed his sentiments in a tweet, asking Chicagoans to join her in praying for the officers.
“Today is a searing reminder of the danger our men and women of our Police Department face every day they put on their uniforms and leave their homes,” Lightfoot said in a tweet. “This is the sacrifice they make in order to serve and protect our city and fellow residents.”