Chicago, IL – A manhunt is underway for at least two gunmen accused of shooting a Chicago police officer during an attempted traffic stop Wednesday evening.
The shooting occurred after two uniformed Chicago police officers in a marked patrol car attempted to stop a vehicle near Paulina Street and 61st Street at approximately 5:42 p.m. on June 1, Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent David Brown told WLS.
The driver of the suspect vehicle initially sped away, then circled back around and pulled up next to the officers’ patrol vehicle and opened fire, Superintendent Brown said.
A female officer driving the patrol unit was shot in the shoulder during the attack, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
Bullet fragments also hit her in her head, according to WMAQ.
As the gunmen sped away, the wounded hero’s partner got behind the wheel and rushed her to University of Chicago Hospital, Superintendent Brown said.
The wounded officer arrived at the hospital in critical condition and has since been stabilized, WLS reported.
She was listed in serious condition on Wednesday night.
— Jermont Terry (@JermontTerry) June 2, 2022
The male officer was uninjured in the attack.
His fellow officers saluted him as he left the hospital on Wednesday night, WLS reported.
When he raised his hand to let them know he was okay, the officers burst into applause.
Police said the gunmen crashed near South Bishop Street and 64th Street after the shooting and took off running in different directions, WLS reported.
— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) June 2, 2022
Superintendent Brown said investigators located a gun and car keys near the scene of the crash.
Witnesses told police the suspects possibly ran into a nearby building, so officers set up a perimeter and searched the area with the help of aerial support, SWAT teams, and officers from Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Cicero Police Department, WLS reported.
The search for the gunmen continues.
Officer shot today is now in serious condition (was critical). Chicago Police confirm that – including tonight – 21 officers have been shot at, with 4 hit by gun fire in 2022. pic.twitter.com/ObxRDozWGu
— Alex Maragos (@AlexMaragosNBC) June 2, 2022
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a statement Wednesday night vowing to hold the perpetrators responsible for their acts.
“My family and I will be praying for the injured officer and the entire Department as they grapple with yet another heinous and deliberate assault on our officers’ lives,” Lightfoot tweeted. “I have asked the Superintendent to use every resource possible to find the person responsible for this attempted murder of a police officer and bring them to justice.”