CHICAGO — The man being questioned in connection with a road rage shooting in Andersonville on New Year’s Eve is a Chicago Fire Department firefighter and EMT, according to his social media presence and a city employee database.
That’s just one of the details we’ve learned about the shooting that left a 35-year-old man critically injured in the 1600 block of West Foster.
A Chicago Police Department report shared with CWBChicago says the victim was traveling at a high speed on Foster when he tried to turn onto northbound Clark Street around 7:50 p.m.
But his excessive speed caused his Jeep to slam head-on into a car facing south on Clark, waiting for the red light to change, the report said. The man who would soon be shot backed his Jeep up and fled the scene.
Witnesses told police a Chevy SUV was chasing the Jeep at the time of the crash. The off-duty firefighter, who is in his mid-30s, was driving the Chevy, according to two police reports.
As the Jeep’s driver sped from the crash scene, the firefighter continued to pursue it. He then rammed the Jeep with his SUV “multiple times in the rear in an attempt to PIT maneuver” the Jeep, one of the police reports said.
A “PIT maneuver” is a tactic some law enforcement agencies use to disable vehicles that are trying to evade law enforcement. You’ve probably seen it in videos. Like this one:
The Jeep’s driver tried to get away from the firefighter by performing a three-point turn in the middle of Foster Avenue, striking two unoccupied parked cars in the process, one of the police reports said.
That’s when the “incident escalated into an aggravated battery-handgun,” an officer wrote in one of the police reports.
CWB is not identifying the firefighter because he has not been criminally charged. On Tuesday, a fire department spokesperson confirmed that he has been a CFD firefighter since 2019.