CHICAGO — Two Chicago Police officers and a man were shot and wounded after the officers pulled over the man Sunday on the West Side, police said.
The man has been now been charged with attempted murder, while the Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the officers’ use of force against the man.
About 2:30 a.m. Sunday, officers were responding to a call of a person with a gun when they pulled over a driver in the 3300 block of West Polk Street, according to a Chicago Police news release.
Police Supt. David Brown said the driver, a man, was crawling around the car and would not get out when officers told him to. Officers saw a gun was in the car near the man and broke a car window to get to the man, Brown said.
Brown said the officers got the man out of the car, but he had a gun and fired shots, hitting two officers. An officer shot back and hit the man, critically wounding him.
The man was in fair condition at Loyola University Hospital in suburban Maywood Monday morning, ABC Chicago reports.
The man, 19-year-old Jeffon Williams, has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated assault of a police officer, according to a Chicago Police news release. He’ll have a bond hearing Monday.
One officer was shot in his shoulder; the bullet went through and he was treated and released from Stroger Hospital, Brown said.
The other officer was shot in his arm and had another bullet go “across” his upper torso, Brown said. He has damage to his lung and colon, is still hospitalized and has a long recovery ahead, said Chief of Detectives Brendan DEenihan.
Both men have been on the force for two years, Brown said.
The officers will be placed on administrative duties while the Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigates the shooting.
Police on the scene were wearing body cameras at the time, Brown said. Footage had not yet been released, but Brown said he wants it to be released soon.
Anyone with additional information can contact the Civilian Office of Police Accountability at 312-746-3609.