OAK PARK, Ill. — An Oak Park police officer was shot while helping Forest Park police during a traffic stop.
The officer was shot about 7 a.m. Thursday on Harlem Avenue near the I-290 expressway in Oak Park. Reports said the driver of the stopped vehicle exited and began firing shots. The officer returned fire and shot the suspect.
Both the officer and the suspect were believed to have received serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Both were transported to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.
Illinois State Police confirmed earlier on Thursday that they were assisting in a police-involved shooting.
“We just heard seven shots went off, like pop, pop, pop,” said witness Robert Clark. “It was so fast. It was like ‘oh somebody’s shooting on the expressway.'”
Jenelyn Meade was also nearby and described hearing what sounded like firecrackers before the shooting. “We saw a lot of commotion on the bridge,” she said. Two people stayed with the shooting victim until first responders arrived, Meade adds.
The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force is investigating.