Pregnant Woman And Chicago Police Officer Shot
Two Chicago Police Officers Injured, One From Shooting In Violent Domestic Call
CHICAGO- Two Chicago police officers were injured, one reportedly grazed by a bullet and a pregnant woman shot late Sunday night during a what was reported as a domestic disturbance call.
According to a statement from the Chicago Police Department, at approximately 11:28 PM, officers responded to a call of “domestic battery” in the 4600 of West Adams Street. During the course of the investigation, a 24-year-old pregnant woman was found with gunshot wounds to the abdomen. She was transported to the hospital and is listed in serious condition.
The shooter ran from the scene and was later discovered on the 4600 block of West Kenton Street where he turned and fired is weapon at police. The shooter fled on foot with the officers in pursuit.
Police called in more units and set up a perimeter in the area. As a result of their coordinated efforts, responding officers came in contact with the shooter again in a gangway in the 4500 block of West Washington Street. As officers approached the shooter, he again fired in an attempt to kill the responding officers, but this time police put an end to his deadly rampage. He was shot by police and was later pronounced dead in an area hospital. A semi-automatic pistol that was used by the shooter was recovered at the scene.
He “unprovoked … raises his handgun and fires a shot at our officer,” Chicago Police Deputy Chief Al Nagode said in a statement at the scene, according to the Chicago Tribune. At least two officers are lucky to be alive today. Of the two reported injured, one suffered from a graze wound as a result of the incident. The other officer’s injuries are currently unknown.
It’s a sad fact that this dangerous shooting is nothing new to the city Chicago or the men and women who serve and protect it, most of the time under intense and undeserved scrutiny. Law enforcement is an inherently dangerous calling. We were well aware of that fact when we decided to dedicate our lives serving our communities. But to be a police officer in a city suffering from one of the deadliest years in decades in terms of shootings, and at the same time having little or no support from the current administration, makes the job that much harder and sometimes that much deadlier.
NBC 5 News Chicago reported that a total of 61 people were shot over the course of Thanksgiving Day weekend, not including this incident, 9 people died- that’s just in four days. Over 4000 people have been shot in Chicago this year, over 600 killed. This is in one city.
We applaud all of our brothers and sisters in the Chicago law enforcement community who represent the blue with honor and dignity in the face of such violence and political rhetoric.
We’re especially thankful that we are not mourning the loss of more dead officers this morning. We wish a speedy recovery for both heroes as well as that of the young lady and her unborn child.