A Chicago firefighter may have attempted suicide by getting police officers to shoot him.
The veteran firefighter was off duty, as he sat in his car at a CVS parking lot at 103rd and Pulaski.
Police say his wife called them worried, saying he was depressed and had a gun.
Officers found him in the parking lot and asked him to get out of the car.
“He’s leaning back in the seat, then he jumps forward, makes a sign of the cross, flings open the door, comes out in a combat position with a black object in his hands and points it at the officers,” said Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Pat Camden. “The officers, at that point, opened fire defending themselves.”
The dark object that police thought was a gun was a wallet.
The firefighter was shot multiple times and is still in critical condition.
He was on medical leave when he was shot.
His gun was at home.
Police describe the scene as an attempted “suicide by cop.”
“As he was being put into the stretcher.. he told one of our sergeants, ‘Thank you for doing what you had to do,” said Camden.