CHICAGO, IL – An update has been revealed with regard to the investigation of a suspect in police custody that managed to open fire on several Chicago Police officers on July 30th after being transported in a police vehicle that was headed to the station.
The suspect has been identified as 26-year old Lovelle Jordan, who is now facing charges of attempted murder of three police officers, aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting an officer.
Lovelle Jordan, who was also shot, is charged with opening fire in the prisoner loading bay at the 25th District police station in Chicago. https://t.co/TQIs9HuT2h
— FOX6 News (@fox6now) August 1, 2020
Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan remarked on how brazen a suspect must be to make measures to conceal a gun and open fire on police officers indiscriminately:
“It just shows how emboldened these criminals are.”
Police had first made contact Jordan after being notified of a suspicious vehicle in the 4800 block of West North Avenue – which police later determined was a stolen Porsche. When officers attempted to make contact, Jordan was said to have hopped inside of the stolen vehicle and began fleeing the scene.
Officers were eventually able to catch up with and arrest Jordan for the charges related to the stolen vehicle – and when Jordan was being handcuffed, he asked the officers to cuff him from the front instead of cuffing him behind his back.
Arresting officers didn’t appease Jordan’s request to be cuffed from the front, but his request for such treatment is quite relevant in this case.
A police wagon was called out to the scene to transport Jordan over to the 25th District police station, but a squad car with a cage had arrived prior to and offered to transport Jordan over to the station.
— Joe Louis (@JoeLouis7) August 1, 2020
Apparently, while being transported, Jordan was able to get his cuffed hands out from behind his back and positioned over to his front. Chief Deenihan believes that Jordan likely had the gun concealed “probably very close to his private area.”
When the officer opened the rear door of the vehicle, Jordan was said to have opened fire. The officer was struck in his chin, with fragments of the bullet having entered his esophagus. While the officer did not die from the near-fatal shooting, the chief stated that the officer “is not out of the woods” yet.
Additional officers present opened fire on Jordan, striking him multiple times. The suspect is currently in critical condition in the hospital, and medical professionals believe that he’ll be paralyzed from the waist-down.
Jordan was also said to have been released from prison as recently as April and had just finished his electronic monitoring portion of his parole back in June.
Lovelle Jordan was on parole when Chicago police took him into custody. Before Thursday's gunfight with officers, the 25-year-old had spent about a third of his life in the criminal justice system, much of that time behind bars. https://t.co/rSJ4RSEfvI
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) August 1, 2020
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is said to be looking into the incident.
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Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s original report as the situation was just developing.
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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