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Man, woman face charges in chase that resulted in Chicago cop accidentally shooting 2 colleagues

Sarah Freishtat, Rosemary Sobol and Paige Fry, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO — Charges are expected later Thursday against a man and a woman who were involved in a chase that resulted in a Chicago police officer accidentally shooting two of his fellow officers late Wednesday at a gas station in west suburban Lyons, police said.

The shooting happened as officers struggled with one of the suspects, who was wanted in an investigation of a homicide, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, two male officers were released from MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn to be transferred to another hospital and cheers broke out among other Chicago officers who gathered outside the emergency room.

The situation began about 9:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of South DuSable Lake Shore Drive Chicago police spotted a car wanted in connection with the homicide, Brown said during a media briefing outside MacNeal.

Officers and a police helicopter followed the car, and when it stopped at a Citgo in Lyons, 8050 W. Ogden Ave., officers surrounded a person inside.

A struggle ensued, and the officer accidentally fired their weapon, “lightly striking” two officers, Brown said.

 

The bullet went through the arm of one and into the shoulder of another, Brown said.

Lyons Deputy Fire Chief Keith Gajeski said one ambulance was sent to the scene.

Two suspects inside the car were arrested and a gun was recovered from their car, Brown added.

Thursday morning, Lyons police Chief Thomas Herion said the two arrested were a 28-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman. Their names have not been released, pending charges of possession of a weapon, possession of narcotics and possession of a stolen vehicle to be filed, Herion said.

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