(Sun Times Wire) A man with a concealed-carry license was commended for coming to the aid of Cicero police who were engaged in a shootout with a man who shot and wounded an officer near the Stevenson Expressway Thursday, authorities said.
Cicero Police Officer Luis Duarte, 31, was shot four times during the encounter near the 4200 block of South Cicero Avenue during the evening rush hour, but it might have been worse if the armed citizen hadn’t stepped in, officials said.
“We were lucky enough to have a citizen on the street there who’s a concealed-carry holder, and he also engaged in gunfire,” Cicero Police Supt. Jerry Chlada Jr. said outside Mount Sinai Hospital, where Duarte was undergoing surgery Thursday night.
The suspect was hit once and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, according to Chicago police. It wasn’t clear if the bullet that hit him came from the officers or the concealed-carry holder.
Cicero town President Larry Dominick commended the citizen shooter, who has not been named.
“He got out and started helping the police, which is something I’ve got to be proud of,” Dominick said.
Illinois State Police and Chicago police brought much of rush-hour traffic to a standstill with an escort to get Duarte to Mount Sinai.
The four-year veteran officer was talking and alert ahead of surgery, officials said. He was listed in good condition.
“Our thoughts and our prayers are with our officer and his whole entire family, and I ask that the public keep them in their prayers as well,” a visibly distraught Chlada said.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, is in Chicago police custody because the shooting happened within city limits.
Illinois State Police are investigating the officers’ use of force.
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