CHICAGO, Ill. – Chicago police say that a suspect is dead after a handcuffed couple alerted an off-duty officer to a building where they were being held against their will and a shootout ensued.
The encounter began on Monday morning when an off-duty officer noticed a couple believed to be in their 30’s or 40’s running down the side of a city street, handcuffed to one another.
When the officer made contact to question the pair, they told police that they were victims of a kidnapping and were being held in a building nearby. They had managed to escape after being held against their will, authorities said.
After learning the whereabouts of the apartment where they were being held captive, the off-duty officer called the department for backup and then headed to the scene.
According to a report from NBC 5 Chicago, officers responded to the scene in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue “in an effort to locate the offender and possibly other victims,” authorities said.
“The officers then proceeded to the apartment fearing that there were additional victims and or possibly to locate the offender,” said Sgt. Cindy Guerra.
But when they got there, they were met with the alleged suspect, who was armed.
“Once inside the apartment, an armed confrontation ensued with the offender causing the officer to discharge his weapon and strike the offender.”
KIDNAPPING: Police say two people were kidnapped from the suburbs and held against their will inside of an apartment in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. They escaped. The offender was shot by police. @ABC7Chicago pic.twitter.com/6fzkFlsrtx
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The 41-year-old suspect that was shot by police was rushed to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, but a CPD spokesperson said he was pronounced dead.
The suspect’s name was not immediately released by police.
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A weapon was reportedly recovered from the scene but authorities did not specify details or whether the man was threatening to use it against the officers. Police also mentioned that the couple showed no overt signs of abuse and it was not apparent how long they were being held against their will.
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Investigators have begun questioning the couple about the series of events. Investigators said that they believe the kidnapping happened elsewhere and then the couple was transported to the building.
“At this time we believe that it didn’t happen here, that it happened in a surrounding suburb and ended up here, but that is all I’m able to tell you at this time,” Sgt. Guerra said.
The off-duty officer who encountered the handcuffed victims was reportedly not involved in the shooting, police confirmed.
The department also made mention that the suspect involved was “known to police”. The shooting is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability and the officers were placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days after the incident. No officers were injured in the encounter.
Check back here for developments as more information is released about the investigation.