Police said a 27-year-old gang member has been charged with shooting a Chicago police officer earlier this week during an attempted robbery.
Mario Froylan was charged at 9:30 p.m. Friday with attempted first degree murder, attempted robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery.
The charges stem from an attempted robbery early Monday morning in the 6300 block of South Nashville Avenue in the Clearing West neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Police said he demanded the officer's wallet and shot him.
Police said the off-duty officer was coming home from picking up his 2-year-old son when the attack occurred.
Police said that Froylan, wearing a gray hoodie, approached the officer as he was getting out of his car near 63rd Street and Nashville Avenue and announced a robbery. The officer took out his service weapon and said that he was a police officer. Froylan opened fire, striking the officer in the wrist and chest, Riccio said. The officer returned fire, striking his attacker at least once.
In all, 10 gunshots were exchanged between the two, Riccio said. One bullet hit a window in the officer's car where his son was sitting, but the boy was unharmed.
Officials said that Froylan left the scene in a vehicle, and police were able to piece together several surveillance videos to track in which direction he fled. Riccio said that Froylan lives in west surburban Westmont, but police determined that he fled to a relative's house in neighboring Summit after the shooting.