MAGGIO NEWS VIDEO, Two on-duty Chicago Police officers were shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Tuesday night on the city’s South Side. One officer was shot in the back and the other was shot in the arm and hip, police said.
Speaking to reporters outside Stroger Hospital, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that the officers were sitting in a car when two other vehicles pulled up and their occupants opened fire at the officers. Those officers were able to return fire, but it doesn’t appear they hit anyone.
Johnson said police are taking to three people of interest in the shooting investigation.
“It’s just another example of how dangerous this job is,” said Johnson. “And I think people take it for granted that when police officers come to work every day, they put their lives on the line every single day they get in their car.”
One officer was shot in the back and the other was shot in the arm and hip, during “an encounter,’’ according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. They were in serious, but stable condition, according to Guglielmi.
Both Deering District tactical team officers were taken to Stroger Hospital, where their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, police said.
A “manhunt’’ is underway, Guglielmi said.
“We should not be here at 11 o’clock at night thanking the Lord above that these officers survived,” said Ald. Raymond Lopez, whose 15th Ward covers Back of the Yards. “It is incomprehensible that this continues in our city, in our state, in our country.”
Johnson said police have recovered “multiple weapons that may have been involved” in the shooting. He said the officers were “conducting a follow-up investigation to a previous incident” when they were shot.
“Listen, if they will fire at police officers like that, they they have no thought process in terms of firing at other citizens of this great city,” Johnson said of the suspects. “So, we are going to get them.”
The attack occurred after the officers saw someone inside a silver van shooting at another vehicle, according to preliminary information from police.
A vehicle believed to have been used by the offenders was found near 37th street and Racine Avenue and either a rifle or shotgun was also recovered near the scene, according to a source citing preliminary information.
In February, the Chicago Tribune in a front-page article highlighted the gun violence in this part of the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The newspaper reported that more than 30 shootings believed to have been tied to semi-automatic rifles occurred there and in neighboring Brighton Park during a recent nine-month period.
At least 46 people were shot in those attacks, 13 fatally.
Police said at the time this was the only area of the city where rifles styled after AR-15s and AK-47s were regularly used, a menacing new development in the gang fights.
It’s unclear how many of the high-powered rifles were used in the shootings, but police suspected they were being passed around by members of four Hispanic gangs in the Deering police district, which covers Back of the Yards and Brighton Park.
Two of the gangs — La Raza near 47th and Loomis streets and the Almighty Saints near 45th and Wood streets — have been fighting for decades. But the conflict has expanded to the Satan Disciples and Gangster Two-Sixes in neighboring Brighton Park, where violence is less frequent.
Multiple Chicago police vehicles sped to 43rd Street and Ashland Avenue after the shooting.
As an ambulance was seen leaving the scene, a number of officers directed traffic several blocks away from the center of the investigation, due east of an archway that read “Stockyard Industrial Park,” where a fire truck and another Chicago Fire Department vehicle were parked.
As police officers cordoned off the crime scene with a large line of yellow tape spanning a block’s length and a smaller red ribbon in a strip mall parking lot, passersby like Thomas Murdock gawked from a distance.
Murdock, 51, of Little Village, was enjoying a coffee when he heard the gunfire nearby and saw paramedics tending to two officers, at least one of whom was on a stretcher.
“It was like whack-whack-whack. Big guns. Next thing I know I find out police got shot,” Murdock said. “The Dunkin’ Donuts lady was like ‘What the (expletive) are they shooting for?’ My mind was like: ‘Holy s— ! I hope they don’t run in.’’’
Minutes later, a fast-moving procession of police vehicles activated their lights and sirens and drove southbound.
At least 11 evidence markers were on 43rd Street just north of the strip mall in the industrial area.
As of about 10:30 p.m. Mayor Rahm Emanuel could be seen briefly outside Stroger Hospital.
In a statement, police said their investigation remains “open and ongoing,” and asked that anyone with information should contact Cook County Crime Stoppers, 1-800-535-STOP (7867). Information may also be emailed to CPDTIP.com.
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Before a Chicago Police officer fatally shot Michele Robey near Irving Park and Western on Feb. 10, a stun gun was used in an effort to subdue the woman, who authorities said was threatening officers and employees of a CVS.
After the stun gun proved ineffective, Robey was shot in the abdomen in the middle of Western Avenue.
Records show that the amount of clothing worn by the 55-year-old Robey prevented the stun gun’s probes from reaching her flesh.
In her autopsy report, the Cook County medical examiner’s office concluded: “A Taser was deployed, however due to the amount of clothing worn by the subject, the Taser was ineffective.”
Robey was wearing seven sweaters, a jacket, five shirts, four pairs of black leggings and a pair of jeans, among other articles of clothing, when she was shot, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Police said at the time that the stun gun was used twice to no effect, and Robey, who lived on the Northwest Side, was shot after lunging at officers.
Darryl Dixon, a witness to the shooting, told the Chicago Sun-Times then that he saw “Taser wires hanging off the back of her jacket.”
The medical examiner’s office noted that “Two gray probes were recovered on the black hooded zip up jacket and the black sweater.”
In accordance with its self-imposed policy, the Independent Police Review Authority released records from Robey’s shooting on Tuesday, 60 days after the shooting. The records released included surveillance video and recordings of 911 calls.
“I have a customer that’s in the back screaming and causing a scene, swearing at customers,” a CVS pharmacy employee says in a 911 recording. “She just threw a can of nuts at me.
“She has a knife. She’s knocking stuff off shelves,” the employee says over yells in the background. A customer called 911 as well.
Store surveillance video shows that an employee set up two carts in front of the entrance to the store, apparently in an attempt to keep the person inside until police arrive. A person in a black jacket walks up holding an object, and tussled with the employee before getting out the door.
Police arrived after Robey had exited the CVS, and surveillance video shows the two officers and Robey walking through traffic before the shooting.
After her death, members of Robey’s family said she battled bipolar schizoaffective disorder.
Last month, Robey’s family filed a five-count lawsuit against the officers at the scene, alleging excessive force, battery and wrongful death, according to court documents. The suit also seeks damages under the survival act and family expense act.
Michael Oppenheimer, one of the attorneys representing Robey’s family, said officers lack proper training in dealing with mentally ill people.
“There’s got to be some step between the Taser and shooting her in the stomach,” Oppenheimer said. “The CPD is not trained, and they’ve never been trained, in how to deal with mentally ill people and that’s a problem.”
Oppenheimer also disputed the claim that Robey lunged at police.
The only two officers on the scene that night were in Robey’s immediate proximity for less than five minutes before she was shot, records show.
Chicago Police spokesman Frank Giancamilli said in an email Thursday that, because the initial call to police did not mention someone with mental health problems, the officers dispatched to the scene did not have Crisis Intervention Training.
The type of knife Robey was wielding the night she was shot has not been disclosed. Surveillance video does not clearly show it and one of the 911 callers speculated it was a butter knife.
Video shot at the scene that night by ABC7 appears to show a steak knife laying in the street.
Citing the ongoing IPRA investigation, Giancamilli declined to offer specifics on the knife. Oppenheimer said he wasn’t aware of what type of knife it was other than it being “something you find in the kitchen.”
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A man was killed and at least 10 other people including an off-duty Cook County correctional officer have been wounded in shootings across Chicago from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning, police said.
The Cook County sheriff’s deputy was shot at about 8:35 p.m. in the 7300 block of South Aberdeen Street, police said. He was shot in the leg and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition.
The fatal attack happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of West Van Buren Street in Austin, police said. A 33-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle when a silver sedan pulled up and someone fired shots, striking him multiple times in the body. He was taken in serious condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.
He was identified as Eddie Thomas of the 5000 block of West Adams Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which said he was pronounced dead at 5:11 p.m. Saturday.
Other non-fatal shootings:
At 2:50 a.m. Sunday, a 30-year-old man was shot in a Pilsen alley. He was getting out of a car in the alley, south of 18th Street between Laflin and Ashland, when he got involved in an argument with someone who pulled a gun and shot him in the leg. A witness found him on the steps to a home on Laflin Street with blood running down his legs. An ambulance was called and he was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.
At 11 p.m. Saturday, two women were shot in Park Manor. They were on the corner of 71st Street and South Rhodes Avenue when someone fired shots from a nearby vehicle and both were hit. A 36-year-old woman was shot in the stomach and both legs and was listed in critical condition. An 18-year-old woman was shot in the right leg and her condition was stabilized. Both women were being treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
About 10:30 p.m., a man was shot on the Dan Ryan Expressway, according to Illinois State Police. He walked in to Saint Bernard Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest and told investigators he had been shot on the expressway near 43rd Street in the northbound local lanes. He later was transferred to Stroger Hospital for treatment. Police closed the inbound lanes from 43rd to 47th streets for about two hours and recovered one shell casing. The man’s exact age was not immediately available.
At 10 p.m., a 26-year-old man was shot in the Wrightwood neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was walking north in the 7900 block of South Talman Avenue when someone fired shots from a silver car and he was shot in the arm. He went to Holy Cross Hospital and his condition was stabilized.
Also at 10 p.m., a 31-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. He went to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the right hand after the incident in the 4700 block of West West End Avenue. He has all the legal documentation for the weapon, a law enforcement source said.
At 9:15 p.m., a 43-year-old man was shot in the stomach in the South Austin neighborhood. Officers found him with a gunshot wound near the intersection of Division Street and Lawler Avenue. The man would not tell police what happened and was being uncooperative with the investigation, authorities said. He went to Mount Sinai Hospital and his condition was stabilized.
Just before 8:55 p.m., a 29-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 9800 block of South Oglesby Avenue. He went to Advocate Christ Medical Center and his condition was stabilized. Police did not provide information about the circumstances of the shooting.
About 3:55 p.m., a 28-year-old man was shot and critically wounded in the West Lawn neighborhood. He was a passenger in a vehicle in the 6600 block of South Springfield Avenue when someone shot him multiple times in the head and chest. The driver took him to Holy Cross Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Police said he was expected to be transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital.
No one was in custody and police were investigating.
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Last November, police shot and killed 33-year-old Richard Grimes, who was suspected of shooting a pregnant 24-year-old woman in the abdomen in the 4600 block of West Adams.
Videos from police dashboard and body cameras show a flurry of police activity and more than 20 total shots fired at and by police can be heard as a light rain fell.
The incident started about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 27, as officers responded to a call of the domestic battery. After the initial shooting, Grimes left the scene but ran into officers in the first block of North Kenton, where he fired a handgun at the officers before running away, police said at the time.
The officers chased Grimes and a perimeter of the area was established.
Dashboard camera video appears to show Grimes shooting at one officer as he exited his police car. The officer immediately dropped to the ground as others arrived and looked to be checking to see if he was shot.
Grimes was spotted again in a gangway in the 4500 block of West Washington, where he again shot at the officers, authorities said. The officers returned fire, striking him.
Dozens of gunshots can be heard in the videos, with police dispatchers warning officers to “Watch the crossfire.” A short time later, an officer yells “He’s down! He’s down! He’s down!”
In that same body camera video, another officer asks his colleagues “Is the cop down?” and another asks “Cop shot?” Another officer walking by then said “Yeah” as others ordered their fellow cops to “Make a hole” so the wounded officer could pass through.
“Who shot? Who shot?” an officer asked a group standing over the suspect, who could be seen lying in a pool of blood. Continue Reading
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