Cops: Boy abducted from Bridgeview, dad shot

November 5, 2012 5:09:16 AM PST
An altercation that ended in a police-involved shooting sent an officer to the hospital after investigators say he was hit by the suspect's car.

Authorities say the suspect, whose name hasn't been released, was shot in the head. According to police, the man allegedly abducted his 2-year-old son from southwest suburban Bridgeview. The shooting happened Sunday night in the Lawndale neighborhood when Chicago police officers approached a man near a Church's Chicken restaurant at Roosevelt Road and Independence.

When officers confronted the man in the parking lot, the man and the child got into a car. Police say the suspect hit the officer with the car and, according to authorities, that's when the officer, fearing for his life, fired shots.

"You wouldn't believe it. It was a lot of police, a lot of police, a lot of police, man, but I was just thankful that the baby was OK," said one witness.

The child, who was found in the back seat of the car, suffered a few minor injuries. He was taken to the hospital. The officer suffered a broken leg with multiple fractures.

Police say the 40-year-old officer, who is a 16-year veteran of the force, is expected to be OK and that officer was also working overtime on his day off when he was hit.

The suspect was at Stroger Hospital in critical condition.


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