2 Chicago cops shot dead in suburb of Lyon after accidentally discharging officer’s gun – NBC Chicago


According to authorities, two Chicago police officers were shot dead in the Lyon suburbs after another officer’s gun accidentally discharged while trying to apprehend a suspect.

According to the Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown, a license plate reader on DuSable Lake Shore Drive raised an alert Wednesday evening. This reader has identified a vehicle wanted in connection with a homicide in the city.

A Chicago Police helicopter began to follow the vehicle, along with CPD ground units. At one point, the vehicle lost the location of the car, but the helicopter maintained contact and guided police to a Citgo gas station in the Lyon suburbs.

Once there, officers surrounded the vehicle. At that point, when the suspects in the case emerged from the gas station, a fight ensued.

During this struggle, an officer’s gun accidentally exploded, according to Brown. The gunshot hit two Chicago police officers, one in the shoulder and one in the hand.

The two officers were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Two suspects were taken into custody and a weapon was recovered from their vehicle. This weapon was not fired during the altercation, and the suspects did not have the weapon during the brawl, Brown confirmed.

It is not clear whether any of the suspects in custody were involved in the homicide that triggered the alert on DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

The Police Civil Liability Office will investigate the accidental discharge, police said.

The investigation closed Ogden Avenue between Joliet Avenue and Lawndale Avenue, authorities said. Motorists are advised to take alternative routes.

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