Chicago, Illinois – Breaking news is coming out of Chicago, saying that at least three police officers have been wounded by a prisoner that was being actively transported in a police wagon on July 30th.
Police say that the prisoner was in possession of a firearm, and one police officer was seriously injured.
Police involved shooting at 25th District with hits to Chicago Police officer & offender. Officer en route to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Reports of another officer who sustained injuries and en route to Loyola Hospital. Media staging at Masonic.
— Chicago Police Communications & News Affairs (@CPD_Media) July 30, 2020
The unnamed prisoner was reportedly being transported over to the 25th District police station at Grand and Central on the morning of the 30th when the incident happened. While details are limited, the police wagon was reportedly opened and that is when the prisoner opened fire on police.
Officers returned fire on the suspect outside of the police station located on 5555 W. Grand.
One of was officers involved was shot in the neck, while at least one other officer was struck in the vest with gunfire and another officer was said to have suffered an unspecified injury. Surgeons are reportedly working to stabilize the officer who was shot in the neck at this time.
It is currently unknown as to how or why the prisoner had access to a gun, nor was the condition of the prisoner detailed after the shooting.
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown addressed members of the press outside of the Illinois Masonic Medical Center, which is where one of the wounded officers is currently being treated.
Supt. Brown stated that the suspect is currently at Stroger Hospital, and the incident leading to his initial arrest was related to a car jacking at about 9:40 a.m. on the 30th.
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Whatever lead to the prisoner gaining access to a gun, or perhaps being able to conceal during the arrest, is likely going to be a subject of enormous scrutiny during this investigation. The area where the shooting took place was reportedly sectioned off and investigators are currently working the scene.
This is currently a developing story. Please follow Law Enforcement Today for updates as the investigation progresses.
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Moving over to Tennessee, police say that an off-duty officer was shot while trying to thwart some vehicle break-ins while working a secondary job as a security guard.
Here’s the details on what we know so far.
Memphis Police are currently investigating the shooting of an off-duty police officer that was non-fatally shot on July 28th while working a side-job as a security guard.
Exclusive video: Memphis police officer shot while off-duty working as a security guard. He is expected to be OK.https://t.co/aUfPMA1k1b
— WREG News Channel 3 (@3onyourside) July 28, 2020
The officer involved in the shooting, identified as Memphis Police Officer David Tisdell, was reported as getting struck in the arm by gunfire after confronting what appeared to be a vehicle break-in in progress.
According to reports. The off-duty officer was informed that there were two men casing vehicles in North Lauderdale, which the officer happened upon one person actively breaking into a truck.
The off-duty officer was said to have yelled “police,” and that suspect was said to have jumped into an older model black Pontiac and began fleeing.
Police say that the suspect made a U-turn and began heading east, and someone then shot the officer. It is unclear as to whether the gunfire came from the vehicle or another person involved elsewhere.
As for the officer, he was transported to the Regional Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery.
The suspects involved in the case are believed to be responsible for numerous vehicle break-ins that transpired in the area, which isn’t far from the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Police have yet to identify any suspects in the case as of this time.
The Memphis Police Department is currently offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the identification and arrest of those involved with the shooting of Officer Tisdell.
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