Chicago police officers exchanged gunfire with a member of a smash-and-grab burglary crew moments after the group raided the Prada store on Oak Street overnight.
The suspect is in surgery after receiving multiple gunshot wounds, and one officer, a 55-year-old man with 17 years on the job, was shot in the leg. His injuries are not life-threatening.
Those are some of the details revealed by CPD Supt. Larry Snelling during a press briefing outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where the suspect and officer were being treated.
Snelling said officers responding to a burglary at the Prada store, 30 East Oak, encountered a member of the burglary crew near State and Walton streets shortly after 4 a.m.
He was armed, and the officers ordered him to drop his gun, Snelling said.
An “exchange of gunfire” ensued, with two officers firing shots, according to Snelling.
The injured officer fired shots, as did a 29-year-old cop who joined the force six years ago, the superintendent continued. Both officers will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days, consistent with CPD’s policy, the department said.
Other members of the crew who escaped in several vehicles remain at large, Snelling said, and detectives are working on the shooting and burglary cases.
Video provided to CWBChicago shows a smash-and-grab crew running in and out of the Prada store after they drove a Dodge Durango through the storefront around 4:15 a.m. Officers at the shooting scene said they could not identify the injured suspect because he carried a fake identification.