Cops: Officers kill 1, wound 2 after burglars crash through steel door
(MCT) — Chicago police shot and killed one man and wounded two others this morning after a team of burglars crashed through a steel door and clipped a police officer in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side, police union officials said.
The shooting occurred as Ogden District officers were responding to a burglary call at an electronics store on Western Avenue in the 2400 block of South Western Avenue between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m., authorities said.
The officers spotted three men inside the store, then surrounded the business, announced they were the police and knocked on the doors, trying to get the men to surrender, according to Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents the department's rank-and-file.
But the burglars got into a car belonging to the store's owner that was parked inside the business and smashed through a metal door, Camden said. The swerving car struck an officer and a squad car, and then raced toward several officers, Camden said. The officers opened fire, he said.
One of the men in the car was dead at the scene, Camden said. The other two were taken to Stroger Hospital, but their conditions were not known.
The injured officer was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for bruises and contusions, Camden said.
"You'd think (the suspects have) been watching the movies because they think they can drive through an iron door and still manage to get away when the police are telling them to give it up," Camden said. "But instead, they choose to use the vehicle as a weapon to get away. It doesn't work."
Police recovered a cache of stolen electronics and other goods inside the car, Camden said.
The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates all officer-involved shootings, opened an investigation into the shooting and sent several investigators to the scene this morning, according to Ilana Rosenzweig, the agency's chief administrator.
She couldn't provide additional details.