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Suspect charged in shootout outside Chicago police station

Jeremy Gorner and Megan Crepeau, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO -- A parolee accused of opening fire on several Chicago police officers, injuring three, outside of a Northwest Side police station has been charged in the shooting, officials said Friday morning.

Lovelle Jordan, 25, was charged with six counts of attempted murder for allegedly attempting to kill six officers, including one who was seriously wounded after getting shot in the face, outside the Grand Central District police station on Thursday morning.

Authorities said officers first sought Jordan Thursday in connection with a carjacking that occurred last month in the downtown area.

About 9 a.m. Thursday, officers were in the 4800 block of West North Avenue when they spotted the white Porsche that was taken in the July 26 carjacking, Chicago police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told reporters Friday morning.

The officers saw the car was unoccupied, ran its vehicle identification number and learned it was reported stolen after being taken in the carjacking, said Deenihan. As the officers were processing the Porsche, Jordan arrived to the vehicle and tried to drive off, Deenihan said.

"He walks right up to the Porsche and he enters the Porsche, trying to drive away," the chief said. "It just shows how emboldened these criminals are. The officers are right there, and this guy walks right past the front of the officers' car and just jumps in this vehicle, trying to start it and drive away whole the officers are right there.

 

"And now we know after all this that the guy's got a gun on him too."

The officers jumped out and had to "physically remove" him from the Porsche, place him in handcuffs and put him in their police vehicle, Deenihan said. Once the officers drove Jordan to the Grand Central District station, 5555 W. Grand Ave., that's when the shooting occurred.

"The officer walks around, he opens up the door," Deenihan said. "By the time he opens up the door, he's immediately shot in the face."

That officer, who is assigned to the district and has been a Chicago cop since 2003, was struck in the chin area and bullet fragments ended up in his neck, Deenihan said. That officer was being treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he is recovering from his wounds.

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