Video emerges of cops ‘exchanging gunfire’ with men in hijacked car on Wacker Drive

Video has emerged of a police shooting in the Loop that left one man injured after, according to CPD, people riding in a hijacked car opened fire on Chicago police officers.

“As officers approached the vehicle, there was an exchange of gunfire with the occupants in the vehicle. During this exchange, a male offender was struck,” the CPD statement said. The injured man, age 24, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds to his chest, leg, and a graze wound to the side of his head. An officer at the hospital said he was in fair condition, but the CPD statement said the man’s condition was “unknown.”

No officers were shot, but two were taken to hospitals for other injuries, according to the CPD statement. Two other occupants of the vehicle were arrested, and police recovered two guns at the scene, according to a CPD spokesperson.

In the video, which appears to be a recording of CPD surveillance footage playing on a computer screen, a police tactical unit with its blue lights flashing pulls in front of the allegedly hijacked Honda Accord at the intersection of Wacker and Columbus around 8:45 p.m.

An officer immediately approaches the car, which reverses for a short distance, but becomes blocked in by another vehicle.

Another officer steps up to the passenger side of the Accord and almost immediately drops to the pavement. He rolls onto his back and climbs to his feet with his weapon drawn and pointed at the vehicle. An officer at the bottom left side of the screen appears to fire shots into the Accord. Investigators were working to determine if shots were fired from within the car before the officer dropped to the pavement.

A second video provided to CWBChicago appears to show a muzzle flash and gunsmoke coming from the car’s passenger side as the officer approaches. Watch:

The occupants of the car behind the Accord are moved to safety as other officers move in on the stolen car with guns drawn.

Chicago’s police oversight agency, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, is investigating the incident. CPD officers involved in shootings are placed on administrative duties for 30 days.

The Accord was reportedly hijacked on the 1400 block of West Farewell around 6:10 a.m. last Tuesday. The victim, a Hispanic man, told police that a white four-door sedan blocked his path and four Black men in hoodies stepped out to demand control of the vehicle at gunpoint.

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