On March 19 at 10:42 p.m. Officer Del Pearson of Chicago Police Department’s 4th District Tactical Team along with other officers attempted to stop several subjects near the corner of 84th and Kingston.

One of the individuals ran.  Officer Pearson and his partner ran after him.  During the foot chase, the subject turned and fired several shots at Officer Pearson which struck him just above the top edge of his Kevlar vest.  The bullet entered his neck and lodged against the officer’s spine.  Officer Pearson and his partner returned fire but the subject escaped.

Officer Pearson is in intensive care after surgery with the bullet still lodged near his spine.  However he is awake and responsive, talking with his family and medical staff.  Officer Pearson is married and has two children.  His prognosis is good.  Team LET requests that those so inclined include Del Pearson and his family in prayer.

Del Pearson was sworn in as a police officer on September 29,2003.  In his 8-year career he has been recognized with over one hundred awards, commendations, and honorable mentions including the Superintendent’s Award of Valor after he shot and killed a gunman who had pointed his weapon at Officer Pearson.

Pearson coaches little league baseball and is active with the Brothers in Blue Motorcycle Club, a non-profit charitable organization that is composed of police officers and firefighters.

He is exactly the kind of police officer you would expect to run after a suspicious character, in a bad neighborhood, on a dark night.  Detectives are currently questioning a 20 year old male subject of interest in connection with this shooting.

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