Three Chicago police officers were shot but were expected to survive their wounds and an attacker was shot to death in the Homan Square neighborhood Monday night while a woman who was with him was in custody, police said.
The officers were shot in the 3700 block of West Polk Street a little before 10 p.m. but were being treated at Stroger Hospital for injuries, said Chicago Police Sgt. Al Stinites at the scene late Monday. The officers, all veterans with about 10 to 12 years on the police force, were all expected to survive.
In Monday’s shooting, one officer suffered a gunshot wound to the back, one suffered a gunshot wound to the foot and one was shot in the chest area, but possibly in a bullet-proof vest, according to sources. One of the officers was in serious-to-critical condition late Monday, a source said.
The Harrison District tactical officers were responding to complaints about narcotics in the area when they saw two suspicious people, a man and woman, said Frank Giancamilli, a Chicago police spokesman.
The officers saw the man and woman “going through the courtyard that they had under investigation,” interim Police Superintendent John Escalante said late Monday outside Stroger Hospital.
The officers went up to the two to talk to them and announced that they were police officers, Escalante said. The man started to run away, according to a statement issued by police News Affairs early Tuesday.
“Officers gave chase and followed one of the offenders into a dark gangway between two buildings. At some point, the offender fired shots at pursuing officers, striking three,” Stinites said.
At least one officer returned fire and shot the attacker, and the attacker was dead at the scene, police said.
The woman was being questioned by police, Escalante said. A gun was recovered from the man who was shot by police, Escalante said.
The officers involved in the confrontation Monday night were being placed on administrative duties for 30 days, a policy implemented after police shot and killed Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and Bettie Jones, 55, who lived downstairs from LeGrier’s father, on the West Side on Dec. 26.
Monday night, state police shut the Eisenhower Express east from Independence Boulevard to near Stroger Hospital, where the officers were taken.
Police shut down Damen Avenue at the Eisenhower in anticipation of ambulances that each had police escorts, just as the United Center was emptying of Blackhawks fans.
A young officer on the street made the sign of the cross as Ambulance 23, the second to arrive, passed over the bridge on Damen Avenue and into the ambulance bay at Stroger.
Dozens of police officers stood under the awning of Emergency Bay 3 as the first ambulance unloaded. The officer was still in his uniform and was sitting up, talking to the people who were carrying him. Every few minutes, sirens would pierce the otherwise quiet area.
Each ambulance arrived at Stroger to a couple dozen officers waiting at the door to the emergency room. When the third ambulance unloaded its patient, officers stood for a moment before fanning out and clearing the parking lot of those watching.
Travelers on the Eisenhower expressway swerved back into traffic after seeing entrances closed. Others slowed as they approached the exit, only to be turned away by officers with their cars parked horizontally on the off ramps.
Escalante said Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited with the officers Monday night.
“The mayor was here as well and he also spoke to all three officers as well as their families,” Escalante said. “I want to thank Chicago Fire Department paramedics for their quick response in getting our officers here safely, as well as a thanks to the State Police for helping as the ambulances went down the Eisenhower Expresssway. Again, a thanks to the staff here at county hospital for taking care of our injured officers.”
Emanuel released a statement saying that “Every day” officers “put themselves in danger so the rest of us can be safe.
“Tonight we were reminded of the dangers that our police face, and the bravery that they routinely display as three of our officers were shot in line of duty,” Emanuel said in the statement. “The thoughts and prayers of our entire city are with the officers and their families during this difficult time.”
Chicago Tribune reporter Gregory Pratt contributed.
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