Chicago Police Officer Shot in Head During Gun Battle With Bank Robbery Suspect

Police work the scene at North Lowell Ave and West Irving Park Road, where a Chicago police officer was shot and wounded in a gun battle near the Kennedy Expressway on Nov. 19, 2019. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

A Tuesday evening shooting on the city’s Northwest Side seriously wounded a Chicago police officer, left a man dead and injured a teenage boy who was in the middle of a piano lesson, authorities said.

The shooting occurred in the 4300 block of West Irving Park Road around 7 p.m., police said, the conclusion of a frenzied chain of events that began as a bank robbery in suburban Des Plaines and launched responding officers from four different law enforcement agencies, officials said in a Tuesday evening news conference.

At the news conference inside Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center late Tuesday, Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Des Plaines police Chief William Kushner described a chaotic scene.

The bank robbery occurred at 4:30 p.m., and one of the tellers was “adroit enough” to place a tracker in a bag with money, Kushner said.

One of the suspects was taken into custody immediately following a foot chase, and their car was found, but the second suspect got away, Kushner said.

That suspect confronted a couple coming home from work and carjacked their vehicle at gunpoint, Kushner said. The couple called 911, and a chase ensued.

FBI agents, along with Chicago police, Illinois State Police and Des Plaines police, tracked the man and waited for him when he exited the expressway at Irving Park Road just before 7 p.m. The offender fired at Chicago police vehicles, striking a Chicago police officer in the head, Johnson said.

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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, Jeremy Gorner, William Lee, and Morgan Greene