Chicago Officer Shot
I’m sitting here streaming the 6 p.m. evening news on my laptop as I type. ABC News has live coverage of a shooting that happened at Mercy Hospital on Chicago’s near south side. What began in the hospital parking lot continued into the hospital. Several people, including the gunman, are dead.
CPD officers responded immediately and confronted the gunman in the parking lot after he already killed a woman. The gunman opened fire on a squad that responded. According to the news reporters, the car is riddled with bullet holes.
The gunman fled inside where he shot several more people. One was a police officer who was taken to another hospital in critical condition. At this point, I don’t know if police shot the gunman or if he killed himself.
It’s still early and the department hasn’t released the officer’s name. They also haven’t released the officer’s status other than critical. The officer’s name is never released until family is notified.
My many associates on social media are saying the officer is dead. I pray not. Still, I find myself sitting here with tears in my eyes. I have no idea who the officer is, or even if it is a woman or man. No idea the age or marital status. I’m sure I’m not alone. I know every officer in Chicago and their family including retirees feel the same right now.
I do know that a member of my blue family is lying in a hospital having been shot by a criminal. I do know there is a family that will be short one person at the Thanksgiving table three days from now. There will be a seat empty at the table of our blue family heart.
This has happened too often this year. Most people don’t see it, but officers like me, see accounts from all over the country telling of officers killed in the performance of their duty. All over the country departments and families have experienced the same as we are here in Chicago tonight.
It’s official now. The officer died from his injuries. Officer Samuel Jimenez was married with children. He had only 18 months on the job and was assigned to the 002nd district, known as the “Deuce.” Rest in peace, brother. Your family in blue will watch your family now.
Another officer was shot but not injured. The bullet struck the officers holstered weapon, lodging in his pistol. Thank God this officer is uninjured.
Stay safe, run low and zigzag.
– Robert Weisskopf (Lt. ret.)
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