Chicago, IL – A retired Chicago police officer working as a security guard was shot multiple times during an armed robbery at a currency exchange on Thursday morning.
Chicago Police Department (CPD) Deputy Chief Fred Melean said the incident occurred in the 7100-block of South Wentworth Avenue at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 1, WLS reported.
A 58-year-old woman was unlocking the business and preparing to open for the day when two armed attackers bailed out of an SUV and announced a holdup, Deputy Chief Melean said.
Investigators said that a 60-year-old retired CPD officer intervened in the robbery and identified himself as a security officer, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The retired officer ended up in a gunfight with the suspects, according to WLS.
The 58-year-old employee was not injured during the exchange of gunfire, but the retired CPD officer was struck six times, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
He was subsequently rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition.
Police said the retired officer was shot three times in his abdomen, once in his right thigh, and twice in his left thigh, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
He was later listed in serious condition.
It was not known if the suspects involved in the shootout were injured during the confrontation, WLS reported.
They fled the scene in a gray Dodge Durango, WLS reported.
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Deputy Chief Melean said investigators are searching for three suspects, at least two of whom were armed.
Portions of the incident were captured by a security camera, WLS reported.
Deputy Chief Melean praised the retired CPD officer and credited him for saving the currency exchange worker’s life.
“The officer’s actions are heroic,” he said. “Even as a retired officer, he did his best and he did his job and he saved that person’s life.”