Community gathers for vigil as Park Forest officer remains hospitalized

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PARK FOREST, Ill. -- Park Forest Police and the community they serve gathered Monday night to support Officer Tim Jones, who was critically wounded over the weekend.

Officer Jones remains in the hospital after suffering gunshot wounds to the jaw and neck in a gunfight Saturday when police responded to a call of break-in in Park Forest.  Authorities said  a suspect, Thurman Reynolds, opened fire on police after officers responded to the 300 block of Neola St.   Police fired back, killing the Reynolds.   Officers say a stolen car was found in the garage of the home.

Officer Jones underwent emergency surgery over the weekend.  He remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Tonight, residents, local officials, and police packed St. Irenaeus Church in South Suburban Park Forest to pray for Officer Jones.

“The community loves him as much as he loves the community,” said Mayor John Ostenberg.

The entire south suburban community is showing support.

People waited in line to sign cards for Jones and his family. Many of the well-wishers were  members of the Blue Fraternity.

“He comes from a police family and I can tell you if I could make a mold of an officer and make a police department out of that mold, I would use him,” said Deputy Park Forest Police Chief Christopher Mannino. “He is just an incredible officer.”

Officer Jones is 24-years-old and has been on the job less than a year.

This is the first time a Park Forest officer has been shot in the line of duty in 20 years.

WGN has learned Officer Jones has shown signs of movement in his arms and hands, but has not spoken since the shooting.