Chicago Police were surprised to learn they allowed a thug prisoner to bring a gun with him in the transport van. They discovered their little mistake as they opened the door to get him out, and he started blazing away. Lead flew like rain and the violent battle raged for seemingly endless seconds before three officers were carried off to the hospital. What’s left of the prisoner went to the hospital with them.
Carjack suspect had a gun
On Thursday morning, three officers of the Chicago Police Department were injured “by a carjacking suspect” who was being hauled into the station for booking. They didn’t find the gun he had, before they stuffed him in the back of the paddy wagon, which would have made things much simpler. The prisoner planned his ambush as the van rolled along to the 25th District police station.
As reported by the Chicago Sun Times, about 9:40 a.m., “When the van pulled up behind the police station and the officers opened the doors, the suspect opened fire on them.” Stunned officers “returned fire and a long gun battle ensued.” The 25th District station also houses a detective bureau on Chicago’s West Side.
As related by David Brown, the superintendent of the Chicago Police, at a press conference following the incident, “one officer was shot in the chin and in his bullet-proof vest.” A “second officer was also shot in his ballistic vest but the round did not penetrate the body armor.” While the “third police officer was shot in the hip.” A fourth officer went along for the ride, not for a gun shot wound but because he was having chest pains following all the excitement. They’ll be rationing his donuts for a while.
On the scene at Grand &Central- 25th CPD District. Red police tape surrounds area where carjacking suspect shot three Chicago Police officers as they were taking him into station. Suspect also shot. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/q1wm0xSIQp
— Dana Kozlov (@DanaCBS2) July 30, 2020
No such thing as an ordinary transfer
There’s no such thing as ordinary in the professional life of a law enforcement officer. Any minor traffic stop could turn surprisingly fatal. Superintendent Brown emphasized that to his officers. “I want to strongly emphasize the inherent danger that these and all Chicago police officers experience everyday protecting the residents of Chicago.” They never know when someone found a creative new place to hide a gun. “When they leave home, they leave their loved ones, and put these stars on and risk everything. They risk everything protecting all of us.”
Right after the near-fatal gun battle, cell phone video hit social media. Apparently, it was filmed from “behind a barbed wire fence on the opposite side of a field from where the police station was located.” You can’t see the action but “more than 50 gunshots were heard in the video as the battle raged behind the police station, many in rapid succession.” Adding to the tension, “there were reports that protesters were on the way to 25th District.”
As related by Tom Ahern, a spokesman for the Chicago PD, three of the officers were transported to nearby Loyola Hospital but one of the wounded men was routed to the Illinois Masonic Media Center for treatment. The “officer who was shot in the chin/neck area was in serious condition,” and the others are listed in “good” condition. The gun slinger “was also shot multiple times” and there’s no information available about how he’s doing.