Carjacking suspect guns down three police officers in Chicago police station shoot out

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Matt Mathers,The IndependentJuly 31, 2020

carjacking suspect who had already been arrested shot three Chicago police officers as they attempted to escort him into custody on Thursday morning, authorities said.

The gunman was being taken out of a patrol van and walked into Northwest Side police station at around 9.30am when he opened fire, hitting the officers.

Police returned rounds and the suspect was shot. All four were taken to hospital for treatment.

One of the officers remains in a critical condition in hospital, CBS reported. His two colleagues and the suspect have been released, the network said.

It was not immediately clear whether the suspect used his own gun or took a weapon from one of the police officers.

The Independent has contacted Chicago Police Department (CPD) for comment.

“I want to strongly emphasise the inherent dangers that these and all Chicago police officers experience every, every day protecting the residents of Chicago,” Supt David Brown told reporters on Thursday afternoon.

“When they leave home, they leave their loved ones, and put their stars on, and risk everything. They risk everything protecting all of us.”

In a post on Twitter, Mayor Lori Lightfoot asked for prayers for the wounded officers.

“I ask everyone in our city to join me in praying for the Chicago Police officers shot and injured this morning in the line of duty,” she said.

“We’re continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they become available.”

There has been a surge in violent crime in Chicago in recent weeks, although overall crime has gone down, CPD said.

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