Chicago, Il. A Bicycle Patrol Officer was stopped by a citizen at about 8:15 P.M. on Thursday evening who complained about a man who was drinking, acting strangely and watching some girls in a park.
The Officers investigated and found the man who was complained about when they approached him and asked to talk to him he reached into his backpack and produced a gun. He fired the weapon hitting one officer in the leg. His partner returned fire killing the man.
Officers flooded the scene and emergency medical procedures were started immediately. A tourniquet was used on the Officer by his partner to stanch his bleeding. The suspect died of his injuries.
The man was identified as Derek Love, 50, of the 3300 block of South Giles, by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Love was pronounced dead at 8:49 p.m. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
The shooting was “another example of too many guns, too many people willing to use them,” Johnson said. “Again, this just illustrates how dangerous it is out here for the officers, and we need all the support that we can get.” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said late Thursday.
The Officer that was struck was a 17 year veteran and was transported by patrol car to a local area hospital where he was treated and released for his injury.
The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting. The officers involved will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days, per department policy.