On Monday night, 3 police officers were shot and the gunman was shot to death in the Homan Square neighborhood in Chicago. The officers are expected to survive their injuries.
The officers were shot in the 3700 block of West Polk Street a little before 10 p.m. but were being treated at Stroger Hospital for injuries, said Chicago Police Sgt. Al Stinites at the scene late Monday. The officers, all veterans with about 10 to 12 years on the police force, were all expected to survive.
The officers were responding to complaints about narcotics when two individuals, a male and a female, were spotted in the area.
When they approached the suspects, the male began to flee.
“Officers gave chase and followed one of the offenders into a dark gangway between two buildings. At some point, the offender fired shots at pursuing officers, striking three,” Stinites said.
At least one of the officers returned fire and shot the gunman.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the injured officers on Monday night. Police Superintendent John Escalante said,
"The mayor was here as well and he also spoke to all three officers as well as their families. I want to thank Chicago Fire Department paramedics for their quick response in getting our officers here safely, as well as a thanks to the State Police for helping as the ambulances went down the Eisenhower Expressway. Again, a thanks to the staff here at county hospital for taking care of our injured officers."
Emanuel released a statement about the shootings:
Tonight we were reminded of the dangers that our police face, and the bravery that they routinely display as three of our officers were shot in line of duty. The thoughts and prayers of our entire city are with the officers and their families during this difficult time.