Two Chicago police officers were wounded by accidental friendship fire while confronting suspects in Lyon, police say – CBS Chicago
LYONS, Illinois (CBS) – Two Chicago police officers were wounded Wednesday night when another police officer’s gun was accidentally unloaded during a fight with a suspect in a western suburb of Lyon, police said.
Police Supt. David Brown said at around 9:15 p.m., officials discovered a car on DuSable Lake Shore Drive near Roosevelt Road that had license plate reading technology found to be wanted in connection with a murder.
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A police helicopter was also called to follow the car and directed the officers to the Citgo gas station on W. Ogden Ave. 8050, where the suspect stopped to get gasoline, Brown said.
The suspect came out and the officers surrounded him, informed the police. At that point a fight broke out.
One of the officers who had drawn his pistol during the fight accidentally fired the gun – likely hitting two other officers, Brown said.
One male officer was shot in the arm and the other in the shoulder. One of the officers sustained a through and through gunshot wound, Brown said.
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A gun was found in the suspect’s car and two people were arrested, Brown said.
The officers were taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, where there was a large police presence late Wednesday. Both were in good condition, it was said.
The officer whose gun was accidentally fired was not injured, Brown said. The Civil Police Accountability Bureau will investigate.
The incident occurred just two days after a Chicago police officer was shot in the face by a suspect during a fight in a shopping mall parking lot on North and Sheffield Avenues in Lincoln Park.
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Elgin’s Jovan McPherson was charged with attempted murder and several other crimes in the incident Monday afternoon. As the police announced, he had recently kidnapped a woman.