The shootout occurred around 9:40 p.m. as the officers were investigating “possible narcotics activity” in the 3700 block of West Polk Street. They approached a man who took off running and then turned and fired, hitting one officer in the back, another in the foot and the third officer in the chest, possibly in his bullet-proof vest, police said.
Officers called for assistance and the radio traffic was made available by Fox32 in Chicago. Officers immediately gave assistance to all involved in the shooting including the suspect who died despite Officers best efforts to save him.
Jason Gibson was approached by Officers who suspected narcotics trafficking. The man reportedly ran into a dimly lit courtyard in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side. He abruptly stopped and turned then immediately started firing on officers hitting three. At least one of the officers returned fire.
Gibson fired at the officers with an illegal handgun that was recovered at the scene of the West Side shooting, said Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman. Gibson who has many aliases has an extensive rap sheet including had seven felony convictions and 43 arrests. He is also known by the names Lamont Harris and Lamar Harris.
The three officers who each have between 10 – 12 years on the Police force were placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days while the investigation is completed as per department policy.
Audio clip of radio traffic from shootout Credit Fox32