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The Chicago Cop Shot In The Face While Off-Duty Is No Longer With The Department After Failed Drug Test

Chicago, IL – The off-duty Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer who was shot in the face by a road-raging gunman last week has been released from the hospital and is no longer a member of the department.

The 27-year-old probationary officer was off-duty when the attack occurred near North Elston Avenue and West Addison Street in Irving Park at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 20, WMAQ reported.

CPD Superintendent David Brown said the officer was driving down the street behind a black SUV when the SUV stopped abruptly in front of her.

“Preliminarily, subject to change, our officer was apparently rear-ended and pushed after the rear-ending, but we don’t know any more other than that,” Superintendent Brown said at the time, according to WLS.

That’s when someone inside a vehicle opened fire on her, WMAQ reported.

Investigators said they do not believe the officer returned fire, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The officer was hit in the face by gunfire but was able to maintain consciousness, Superintendent Brown said.

The crash was captured by a nearby security camera.

The video showed the wounded officer getting out of her car and stumbling across the street in the aftermath of the shooting.

Bystanders met her outside of a business and appeared to give her towels for her face as she sat on the pavement.

She was ultimately rushed to Masonic Hospital.

“Thank goodness that she is going to be able to recover,” Superintendent Brown said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The officer was released from the hospital shortly before 10 p.m. on Sept. 21, WLS reported.

The suspect fled the scene after the shooting, triggering a massive search in Hollywood Park.

Officers and K9 units were seen combing spaces between homes on the afternoon of the incident, WMAQ reported.

Police closed down roadways in the area of the shooting and also shut down the entrance and exit ramps near Kennedy Expressway and Lawrence Avenue for a period of time.

Investigators attempted to stop the suspect’s back SUV near Laverne and Lawrence Avenue, but the gunman managed to escape after crashing into two CPD vehicles, WGN reported.

One officer opened fire on the suspect, but it is unclear whether or not the gunman was hit.

The CPD later said they located the suspect’s vehicle abandoned in the 5800-block of Drake Avenue, but no one had been arrested as of Tuesday morning, WLS reported.

The CPD confirmed on Monday that the probationary officer who was shot in the attack “is no longer a member of the department,” WMAQ reported.

The department refused to comment on the circumstances of the officer’s departure from the CPD, noting only that she “was a probationary officer at the time” and that the city does not “disclose personnel matters.

Law enforcement sources said the now-former officer graduated from the police academy on May 31.

She was stripped of her police powers on Sept. 17 after allegedly failing a drug test and was fired after the shooting, WMAQ reported.

The ex-officer could not immediately be reached for comment, according to WMAQ.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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