Officer hurt, 1 dead in Bucktown police-involved shooting

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One man is dead and a Chicago Police officer is injured after a shooting Monday morning in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood.

The shooting happened at 3:30 am in the 1600 block of North Marshfield Avenue, Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

The officer was coming home from work when he spotted someone at a construction site near his home. The officer approached the man and during a struggle, the officer's weapon discharged and the bullet hit the officer in the arm.

The two continued struggling and the officer, "in fear for his life," shot the suspect,  according the Police Union Spokesman Pat Camden said.

The 44-year-old police officer was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in stable condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Camden said it is unclear why the man was at the construction site and that he was carrying a screwdriver.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the officer is a 20-year veteran of the department and works in the 18th district on the North Side.

McCarthy said the officer is in good spirits.

The Chicago Police Department released the following statement in regards to the shooting:

“On July 28, 2014, at approximately 3:30 am, an off-duty police officer encountered a male subject attempting to forcefully enter the rear of a nearby home, still under construction, in the 1600 block of West Wabansia Ave. The officer, who was on his way home from work and still in uniform, announced his office and confronted the offender.

After observing the offender holding a dark object in his hand, the officer immediately drew his weapon and ordered the offender to drop the unknown object. Ignoring the officer's commands, the offender lunged at him and a struggle ensued during which time the offender attempted to disarm the officer. As they both struggled for control of the officer's weapon, the firearm discharged, striking the officer in the arm. The officer was eventually able to retain control of his firearm and, in fear for his life, discharged his weapon striking the offender. After being struck, the offender continued to fight with the officer until he was finally subdued. The offender was ultimately pronounced on scene. 

The officer, a 19-year veteran, is 44 years old and is assigned to the 018th District. He was transported to a local area hospital in stable condition.

This matter remains under investigation and anyone with information should contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8261.”

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  • Same Different Day

    Same thing different day.
    This is now a every week occurrence. I am of the opinion that since the common criminal element does not respect the police or the citiczens of Chicago. They are
    shooting everywhere and at every one. Sadly at the end of the day or shift the police and citiczens of Chicago deserve to go home. This happened at 3:30 in the morning. There is no reason these criminals should be allowed to walk around uncontested. My heart goes out to the police officer and his family who now has to live through this experience.

  • Tikka

    This thug was so brazen to go after the officer’s gun! But the mayor and Gary McCarthy don’t want us to conceal carry to defend ourselves in public? They insist we’d all be safer to call 911 when assaulted by a criminal who won’t hesitate to assault the police.

  • Lars

    I don’t understand how the man was able to disarm the trained police officer while the officer was uninjured. Yet allegedly, after being shot in the arm the officer was able to recover the gun from the man who was strong and fast enough to get it away when the officer was healthy and alert. After being shot in the arm it seems unlikely the officer would be able to recover his weapon if he couldn’t keep it before he was shot. It’s too bad we can only hear one side of this story. Chicago Police shoot too many people for us not to be concerned about the details of this investigation. Why has the official police account changed from it being unclear how the officer was shot, to now knowing the exact details? Did they not question the officer after he had shot somebody multiple times? What new facts could possibly come to light after the officers testimony was given? There were no other witnesses.
    There are rumors amongst our Roger’s Park patrol officers that the initial story was left vague so a carefully crafted official account could be scripted. Chicago Residents are urged to be very careful in your dealing with police. According to an unnamed Chicago Officer, “I wish people would just leave us alone!.It’s really been a very difficult month. What, with having to pay-off the family of that high school honor student we shot in the back… we really just need some space right now! If you have a problem, call the fire department. If you call us, we’ll eventually get there, but we can’t be accountable for what we do when we arrive. God, I need some me-time!”

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