CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers and a man were wounded in an alleged shootout after the officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert Sunday morning in Lawndale, police said.
At 7:19 a.m. Sunday, two uniformed 10th Police District officers were responding to the ShotSpotter alert and calls of shots fired in the 1400 block of South Lawndale Avenue when they saw a person in an alley, Police Supt. David Brown said outside of Mount Sinai Hospital Sunday morning.
As they approached the man, he turned and “immediately began firing a gun” at the officers, Brown said. The officers returned fire, striking the man, he said.
One officer was shot in the hand and the second officer was shot in the leg and the shoulder, the top cop said. Both officers were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition and have since been released, according to a Chicago police statement.
The man was shot in his “lower extremities” and was recovering in a different hospital from the officers and was in “stable condition,” Brown said. Police did not immediately release additional details about the man but said potential charges are pending against him, according to a police statement.
Brown said the officers did not engage in a foot chase with the man before the shooting, a practice Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants overhauled after police fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo March 29 in Little Village and after police fatally shot 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez March 31 in Portage Park. In the Toledo case, police were also responding to a ShotSpotter report of shots fired.
“The person didn’t run. These officers were in uniform and were clearly Chicago Police officers. This [man] had no regard for their position as police officers, no regard, and began trying to kill them,” Brown said.
Brown said police will be reviewing nearby surveillance video along with body cam video from the officers.
The shooting is under investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability and both officers will be placed on routine administrative duties for a period of 30 days.
Lightfoot, also speaking at the press conference outside the hospital, said both officers were in uniform and were identifiable as police officers.
“Thankfully, none of the injuries are life threatening to the officers or the [man],” Lightfoot said.
Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th), who represents the area, did not immediately return calls Sunday.
Six Chicago police officers have been shot this year, and 16 have been shot in the last 15 months, Brown said.