Oak Forest, IL – An Oak Forest police officer was shot during an exchange of gunfire with a female suspect at an Illinois grocery store on Sunday afternoon.
The incident began at approximately 11 a.m. on April 3, when the Oak Forest Police Department (OFPD) received a report of a motorist possibly needing assistance near a strip mall located in the 6000-block of 159th Street, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Witness Josh Graham told WLS that the motorist, later identified as 21-year-old Kentura Wilson, pulled a gun on someone after the other driver T-boned her vehicle.
“A car pulled out of the Subway parking lot and t-boned her, and the lady got out of the car with her gun drawn,” Graham said. “The lady with the gun came out of the car lot right next to our vehicle and she basically looked right into my face. And I just went, no, not today – I don’t want to be carjacked or anything like that – and the cops were right there with their Tasers drawn.”
Officers believed Wilson was struggling with a mental health issue and they were trying to transport her to the hospital for an evaluation when she managed to flee from them, according to the Illinois State Police (ISP).
Police tracked her down at the Food 4 Less grocery store parking lot less than a mile away and tried to negotiate with her, WLS reported.
Wilson allegedly pulled a gun and entered the grocery store, where she ended up in a shootout with police, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The OFPD issued an active shooter alert at approximately 12 p.m., WMAQ reported.
Witnesses said the suspect also exchanged gunfire with officers before she ran into the store, WLS reported.
“They chased her into the grocery store and she was shooting them,” witness Bryce Hartsfield told the news outlet. “She ran into the store trying to get away from them, and she was firing off shots in there and they were firing off shots at her in there.”
Terrified shoppers ran towards the back of the store as the gun battle ensued.
One OFPD officer was struck by gunfire, as was Wilson, police said.
A witness told WMAQ she saw the wounded officer on the floor of the produce section.
The suspect and the officer were both rushed to local hospitals, where the suspect was pronounced dead.
The unidentified wounded officer was listed in serious but stable condition on Monday, the City of Oak Forest said in an update.
We just arrived on scene. Heavy police presence at the Food 4 Less, near 159th and Central. We’re waiting to hear back from Oak Forest police about how many people were shot and if officers were involved. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/xlpRYwj7qK
— Shardaa Gray (@ShardaaGrayTV) April 3, 2022
The Illinois Public Integrity Task Force is handling the ongoing investigation into the incident.