LOGAN SQUARE — Chicago’s police watchdog has released video of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s police detail exchanging gunfire with a robbery crew last month in Logan Square.
An officer was injured in the Nov. 1 incident, police said afterward.
Just after 7 a.m., Luis Antonio Zayas, 77, was in his car in the 1800 block of North Monticello Avenue, waiting to take his 7-year-old grandson to school, when men opened his car and put guns to the side of his head, the victim and witnesses said.
Zayas yelled for help, and officers from the city-owned police building across the street “responded to the commotion,” according to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the city agency that investigates police shootings.
One of the three men fired at the officers, and officers returned fire, according to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
Videos released by the city agency this week show three men in a black car get out while pointing weapons at Zayas. The men go through Zayas’ car before forcing him out and searching his pockets.
When Zayas tries to get the attention of someone across the street, two of the men run back to the car, and the third man throws Zayas to the ground, the videos show. The third man runs to the passenger side of the car, and a plainclothes officer comes out of a building across the street, gun drawn.
The man and the officer shoot at each other as the driver of the robbery crew speeds off, according to the videos.
It’s difficult to determine who shot first from the video footage alone. The videos don’t have sound.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability also released 911 calls, Shotspotter recordings and police reports from the shooting.
Police have said the officers involved are part of Lightfoot’s security detail. Officers take breaks in between shifts at the city-owned police building across from Zayas’ family’s home.
The shooting brought a couple dozen officers and investigators to the typically quiet block.
Zayas and his family were left reeling.
“I was lucky. If I tried fighting, maybe they would’ve killed me,” Zayas previously said. “You never know what will happen when you have one gun and another gun on the sides of your head. That’s really something. … I’m glad I’m still here.”
The investigation into the police shooting is ongoing.
Anyone with video footage or information is urged to call the Civilian Office of Police Accountability at 312-746-3609.
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