September 11, 2009 (CHICAGO) --
The head of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management has launched an internal investigation into why a dispatcher was allegedly slow to help a police officer who called for help. It happened on August 28 at 26th and Pulaski. An off-duty police officer was in his vehicle when four reputed gang members began shooting at him. The officer returned fire while driving and was not hurt. He called 9-1-1 for help. But up to 8 minutes reportedly went by before officers were dispatched to assist him.
"The course of the investigation will reveal what the exact time was. This is a very serious allegation, and we expect the investigation to be concluded sometime next week," said Ray Orozco, OEMC executive director.
Four men are charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting.