Kailo Harris-Caldwell, 24 years old, has been charged with the attempted murder of both officers. The judge issued a $1 million cash bond and set Harris-Caldwell's next court date for March 8. The judge said she couldn't grant the state's request for no bail because Harris-Caldwell was not in court. He is being treated at St. Anthony Hospital with back problems. Harris-Caldwell has a criminal record that lists a 2018 home invasion in Florida and a 2016 misdemeanor for operating while intoxicated in Indiana.
The initial chaos of the shooting at a food stand in the 600-block of South Independence Boulevard at about 3:30 a.m. was caught on the police scanner.
"We're the unit involved....someone secure our car at Maxwell parking lot.... male, Black, black jacket... dropped an extended clip right in front of me.... picked it up.... shot me, graze wound to the right side of my head.... and my partner shot in the leg," an officer could be heard saying.
Chicago police said one officer was in line while the suspect was in line ahead of him. When that man reached in his pocket to pay, a gun fell out of his waistband.
Police said the officer noticed the gun and the suspect then picked it up and fired at the officer. That's when police said the man went outside and fired at the officer's partner before running from the scene.
The officers are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries. One officer suffered a graze wound to the head and was released from Mt. Sinai Hospital after treatment. The other officer suffered a leg and nerve injury and was released from Mt. Sinai on Saturday.
2 Chicago police officers 'ambushed' while picking up food, Supt. Brown says
"Drops the gun, picks it up and fires immediately without warning at these officers," Superintendent David Brown said Friday. "No time to draw their weapons and return fire."
Undercover officers were nearby and found the suspect shortly after, taking Harris-Caldwell. Police also recovered a nine-millimeter handgun from the scene.
The shooting marks the sixth time a Chicago police officer has been shot at this year. That comes after a violent year in 2021 for Chicago police. The department said 76 officers were shot at last year.
Brown said the shooting "really highlights the dangers of this job," adding that "split-seconds really characterize the really stark danger of being a cop."
Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a statement on Twitter saying, "To the officers who woke up today to this unnerving news and proceeded to put on their uniforms and report for duty, your heroism cannot be overstated. Your City owes you a tremendous debt of gratitude."
Officers lined up outside of Mt. Sinai Hospital early Friday morning, awaiting news about their colleagues who were attacked as they picked up food.
The video in the player above is from a previous report.