Police in the Lawndale neighborhood shot and critically wounded a man suspected of abducting his 2-year-old child from a suburb and then running down a police officer who approached him this evening.
An officer shot the suspect at a Church's Fried Chicken restaurant parking
lot, 1151 S. Independence Blvd., about 7 p.m. after the suspect ran down the
officer with his car.
Fire Department ambulances were dispatched at 7:03 p.m., and took the person
who had been shot to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in critical condition. A police officer was taken
to Northwestern Memorial in fair-to-serious condition, and a third person was
taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition,
The person taken to Mount Sinai was the 2-year-old, who was also in the
vehicle when the shooting took place.
The incident began when Illinois State Police were looking for a man
suspected of abducting his 2-year-old child from the suburbs. A State trooper in the area alerted members of a
Harrison District violence reduction team that the man, suspected of abducting
his child, might be in the area.
After State Police requested help from Chicago police, the suspect was
spotted in the parking lot of a Church's Chicken restaurant at Roosevelt and
Independence, where, the suspect is known to buy narcotics.
When a Chicago police officer approached the man's car, he backed up, then
unable to back further, went forward to try to drive off, hitting the officer. The officer fired shots into car, striking the suspect.
The officer who was hit had his leg broken in multiple places.
After the shooting, police took the child out of the car.
The injured officer was working overtime and assigned to the West Side for