Chicago, IL – A Chicago police officer was shot and a second officer was injured after a convicted felon pinned one of them up against a patrol vehicle with his car and opened fire on Monday night.
The incident began near Albany Avenue and Polk Street after police allegedly spotted a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix commit “a minor traffic violation” at approximately 9 p.m. on March 28, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The officers attempted to stop the driver, 28-year-old James Callion, but Callion refused to pull over and ran through a stop sign, according to police.
Prosecutors said another officer in an unmarked patrol vehicle turned on the vehicle’s emergency lights and pulled out in front of the suspect vehicle to block it in as an additional unit blocked his escape from behind, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
According to court records, the officers said they could see a container of alcohol on the floor of the suspect’s car and that they could smell marijuana as they approached.
Prosecutors said one officer’s bodycam recorded him speaking calmly to Callion and asking him to step out of the car, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“No big deal, man. No problem. You mind putting it in park?” the officer said, according to prosecutors. “I’m just gonna have you slide out real quick, alright?”
That’s when a second officer allegedly spotted a gun on the suspect’s right-hand side, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Another officer was walking around the front of the suspect vehicle just as the officer who spotted the weapon warned the first officer that Callion was armed, according to prosecutors.
The suspect immediately accelerated forward, slamming into the officer who was walking in front of his vehicle and pinning him up against a patrol car, surveillance footage showed.
Prosecutors said Callion shot at the officer standing outside his open passenger-side door, then fired a second round through his windshield at the officer who was trapped between the vehicles, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Neither officer was hit by the initial gunfire.
The pinned officer responded by firing four rounds through the suspect’s windshield, according to prosecutors.
A second officer fired one round at Callion before police yanked the wounded suspect out of his vehicle, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The suspect allegedly shot one of the officers in the hand during the struggle, according to police.
Investigators said Callion dropped a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun on the ground after the shooting, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Police said they also found a 9 mm Glock 19 handgun in Callion’s waistband.
The suspect was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, WLS reported.
He was initially listed in serious-to-critical condition and remained hospitalized Tuesday.
The two officers who were injured in the attack were rushed to Stroger Hospital, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said.
The officer who was shot in the hand was released from the hospital on Tuesday evening, WLS reported.
Prosecutors said he has bullet fragments in two fingers that will need to be surgically removed, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The officer who was pinned between the vehicles suffered a broken leg and underwent surgery.
He will likely need a second surgery and rehabilitative therapy as he recovers, prosecutors said.
All three officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave for 30 days while the investigation continues, as per protocol, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Callion, who already has convictions for burglary and robbery, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed habitual criminal, according to WLS.
He was ordered to be held without bail pending a court hearing on April 1.