Dolton Police Officer injured in Shootout with Armed Robbery Suspects; 1 Robber Shot, 1 at Large

(ABC) A police officer in south suburban Dolton was injured Monday while responding to an armed robbery, the mayor said.

Dolton Mayor Riley Rogers said the officer was responding to a call of an armed robbery at a used car dealership in the 500-block of East Sibley Boulevard around 1:30 p.m. Dealership employees told police two suspects came into their business, announced a robbery, and took a wallet and gun from the manager of the dealership.

When the officer arrived, he saw the suspects leaving the scene and engaged them in a gun battle, the mayor said. He shot one of the suspects in the thigh, but the other managed to escape.

“It was a lot of shots,” said Walter Crosby, witness. “It was very loud, really close. Everyone’s ducking, getting out of the way. And they’re just in the middle of the street like they’re rehearsing in a movie.”

The officer, who is described as a veteran with about 20 years on the force, dislocated his shoulder while ducking for cover during the shootout, officials said.

The suspect’s condition was not immediately available. Both the officer and the suspect were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The mayor asked citizens in the area of the armed robbery to stay inside their homes until the second suspect is captured, and police asked any resident who notices suspicious activity to call 911. The second suspect was described by police as a black male wearing khakis and a black hoodie. Police said the suspect may have discarded his hoodie.

Mayor Riley said one gun was recovered from the suspect who was shot.

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