According to Officials a police officer was wounded and a suspected shoplifter was killed in a shooting outside a south suburban Lansing strip mall Thursday afternoon.
Witnesses said the shootout took place after a man tried to steal meat from an Ultra grocery store near 160th and Torrence. Employees called police, and when officers tried to take the man into custody, police said the man grabbed an officer’s gun.
“During the struggle the suspect shot the officer in the lower leg and continued to flee,” said Fabian Newman, a spokesperson for the Village of Lansing.
A short chase covered several hundred yards before another police officer shot the suspect.
The department released a photograph of the suspect, 43-year-old Warren Christian III, who died of a gunshot wound in the encounter. Lansing police listed his home as Calumet City. The Lake County Coroner’s office listed it as East Chicago.
Fabian Newman, spokesman for the Village of Lansing, said Friday the identity of the police officers won’t be released until his department and the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force interview them and complete their investigation.