Officer shot during “disturbance” at Lincoln Park store, suspect in custody

A Chicago police officer was shot while handling a disturbance at a Lincoln Park cosmetics store on Monday afternoon. The injured officer, who was shot in the cheek, was later released from a hospital. CPD said the offender is in custody.

The injured cop, believed to be a 60-year-old male officer with 23 years on the force, was flagged down to handle a situation inside Ulta Beauty, 1000 West North Avenue, around 3:21 p.m.

Chicago police units at the scene of the shooting and a CPD photo of the suspect’s gun. | Mark Weyermuller; CPD

About nine minutes later, the officer requested a backup.

Then, more than two minutes later, he radioed again: “We got a man with a gun over here!”

Another minute passed before a backup officer announced that a cop had been shot and requested an ambulance. The backup officer arrested the gunman, CPD Supt. David Brown said.

Chicago police said the disturbance moved from inside the store to the parking lot, where the offender fired three shots, but no police officers returned fire. The gunman’s weapon was recovered, police said.

The injured officer was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Around 7:15 p.m., a police dispatcher invited available units to line up outside the Near North (18th) police district station because the officer was returning from the hospital.

A second person who was reportedly with the gunman inside the store is not in custody, according to CPD.

CWBChicago will post an update when charges are announced.

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