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Gang Enforcement Officers Arrest Suspect in Officer's Shooting

Gang Enforcement Officers Arrest Suspect in Officer's Shooting

Chicago Tribune via Yellowbrix

September 13, 2010

CHICAGO – Immediately after a Chicago police officer was wounded by gunfire Saturday night, officers came up with a plan that included an extensive search as far as Kankakee to catch the suspect.

Gang enforcement officers, armed with information about where the 25-year-old suspect was known to hang out, already were in south suburban Chicago Heights when an alert local sergeant spotted outside a nightclub the 2002 gold Saturn believed to be carjacked by the suspect after he allegedly shot the officer hours earlier, a law enforcement said.

Police were questioning a “person of interest” Sunday and charges likely will come within the next day, Chicago police Superintendent Jody Weis said.

A Grand Crossing District officer and his partner had quelled an argument between the suspect and another person around 7 p.m. Saturday in the 7400 block of South Shore Drive and were headed back to their squad car when shots rang out, police said. The wounded officer’s partner returned fire, but the suspect fled in the Saturn, police said.

The shooting appeared to be unprovoked, a law enforcement source said.

Chicago Heights and Chicago gang enforcement officers arrested the suspect inside the club without incident, Weis said. Police found two weapons and evidence that linked the man to the Saturn, the source said. The car is registered to an elderly woman.

“This individual is willing to shoot a police officer in uniform,” Weis said, adding that the 43-year-old wounded officer is home recovering. “It was great to get him off the street.”

The suspect also was being questioned about two carjackings and an attempted third carjacking, police said.

The suspect apparently was experiencing some personal problems his family had confronted him about before he went on the spree of carjackings, police said. The first carjacking happened at 3 p.m. Saturday on the Dan Ryan Expressway, southbound at West 47th Street, according to Illinois State Police.

Weis would not detail the carjackings or what led to the man’s arrest.

“There’s a lot of things we’re trying to piece together,” Weis said.

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