CHICAGO — A convicted felon on parole has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of three Chicago police officers outside a station.
Police said Lovelle Jordan, 25 of Maywood, faces six counts of attempted murder as well as charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a weapon as a felon.
Jordan has a prior record and police confirm he was just paroled three months ago.
The shooting occurred near the 25th District police station at 5555 W. Grand Ave. around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Police said it occurred during an attempt to arrest Jordan for a carjacking that occurred on June 26.
Jordan began firing when an officer opened the door of the squad car they had driven him to the station in, Deputy Chief Brendan Deenihan said. Officers returned fire and wounded Jordan.
“It’s remarkable how embolden this guy is and the criminals in general right now,” Deenihan said.
Jordan remains hospitalized in critical condition at Stroger Hospital as of Friday morning. Police said he may be paralyzed. COPA is investigating the shooting as well.
Two of the wounded officers were treated and released from the hospital in good condition. The third officer was shot in the chin and remains sedated in ICU at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
“He’s not out of the woods by any means, but it appears he’s going to make it,” Deenihan said.
Jordan was handcuffed with his hands behind his back but he apparently was able to move his hands to the front while being transported to the station, Deenihan said.
He said Jordan was searched before being transported, but police believe he had a gun “extremely secreted, probably very close to his private area” and was able to retrieve the weapon during the ride to the station.
“They didn’t do anything wrong,” Deenihan said of officers who made the arrest. “I will defend them. They’re out there working, they are wrestling with this guy and once again it’s the offender’s action — that’s who’s responsible for shooting the officer in the face.”
Police also said the gun the suspect had was stolen.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is reviewing officer body cam video, to determine how the handcuffed suspect managed to conceal his gun from officers.