Two officers ambushed and shot before would-be killer taken down by police – here’s what we know so far

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CHICAGO, IL – Two Chicago Police officers were reportedly shot during the morning of May 16th, with one officer in critical but stable condition and the other officer listed as being in good condition.

While limited details have been revealed regarding the incident, here are the details known so far.

Police officials say that the shooting incident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on May 16th along the 1500 block of South Lawndale Avenue. Superintendent David Brown stated during a press briefing that the officers were responding to a ShotSpotter alert within the area.

According to Superintendent Brown, the two officers had observed a male subject down a nearby vacant alley. When the officers attempted to approach the male subject, authorities say that the subject immediately turned around and opened fire on the officers.

One officer was struck in the hand, while the second officer was shot in both the leg and in the shoulder.

Both officers are being treated at an area hospital and are stable, with Superintendent Brown stating that both of the officers are “recovering.”

The alleged gunman was hit with return fire, with Superintendent Brown saying he was “struck in the lower extremities.” Superintendent Brown noted that the suspect was not fatally struck and is currently at an area hospital in “good condition.”

During the press conference regarding the incident, Superintendent Brown spoke about the current numbers pertaining to officers coming under fire or being shot:

“This is the 29th officer in 2021 with the Chicago Police Department shot at or shot. The fifth and sixth officers shot in 2021. This totals for the last 15 months a 108 shot at or shot. Sixteen shot in the last 15 months.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot also addressed the incident, saying the following:

“A couple more points to add the superintendent’s remarks – both of our officers were in uniform. They were not in plain clothes, so they were readily identifiable as police officers when they were fired upon. Thankfully, none of the injuries are life-threatening.”

“But it just underscores the danger the men and women in the police department face every single day. They run to danger to protect us, and we can’t ever forget that.”

Authorities have not identified the suspect by name as of this writing, nor have the identities of the officers been revealed.

This is a ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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In other investigations pertaining to officers non-fatally shot, an NYPD officer was reportedly shot multiple times after authorities say he and other officers responded to a shooting that may be linked to an ongoing gang war in the city. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – An NYPD officer is currently hospitalized after reportedly being shot multiple times by a suspected gang member after responding to a shots fired call within Brooklyn on the evening of May 12th.

Police officials say that the officer who was shot is expected to make a full recovery.

According to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, it is believed that the injured officer, identified as 28-yeart-old Officer Brian McGurran, wound up responding to an incident involving alleged gang members entrenched in an ongoing feud.

At approximately 11:00 p.m. on May 12th, three men were sitting inside of a white SUV at a red light when a male suspect ran up to the SUV and opened fire on the three men inside. The driver of the SUV reportedly tried speeding off from the gunfire but crashed into a pole at Madison and Broadway.

Police officials say that two of the three occupants inside of the SUV were struck during the shooting, noting that 28-year-old Robert Randall was fatally shot, and 21-year-old Malik Lucas was non-fatally shot but remains in critical condition.

Reportedly all three of the males inside of the SUV that were fired upon were known gang members with extensive arrest records, according to Commissioner Shea.

A police sergeant and two officers, Officer McGurran being among them, were a few blocks away when they had gotten the ShotSpotter notification.

When responding to the area, the officers noticed a male suspect, later identified by officials as 26-year-old Boyce Hayward, walking briskly near the area of Saratoga Park.

Officials say that when the officers went to approach Hayward, the suspect immediately pulled out a firearm and started shooting at the officers.

An exchange of gunfire ensued between police and the suspect, with Officer McGurran being shot in his vest, buttocks, and leg.

The suspect was non-fatally shot in the leg during the exchange as well.

Police officials are crediting the bullet proof vest as being what likely saved Officer McGurran from being seriously or fatally injured. Commissioner Shea stated that the injured officer “is in surprisingly good spirits, thankful to be alive.”

Hayward, who police say is a member of the Young Stackers gang, was apprehended at the scene of the shooting and is in custody at the hospital.

As of this time, Commissioner Shea says that it is unclear whether or not Hayward was involved in the shooting of the SUV that killed one and injured another.

However, investigators did recover 9mm shell casings at both the scene of the SUV shooting and the scene where officers came under fire with the suspect near Saratoga Park.

Authorities believe that the shooting of the SUV is connected to an ongoing gang war within the area.

Mayor Bill de Blasio commended the officers who responded to the incident, calling their actions an instance of “extraordinary bravery”:

“This is an example of extraordinary bravery. Here are our officers, in a situation where they see someone acting suspiciously, and they go and do what we depend on them to do every single day and protect their fellow New Yorkers.”

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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