By Liam Ford and Madeline Buckley Chicago Tribune
CICERO, Ill. — A Cicero police officer was shot during an exchange of gunfire near the border between Chicago and the west suburb late Thursday afternoon that left a suspect in serious condition and at some point involved a citizen with a concealed carry license, authorities said.
The shootout happened near the Cicero exit on the Stevenson expressway around 5:05 p.m. during the evening rush hour commute, Cicero police said.
Cicero police officers tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 3900 block of South Cicero Avenue when the driver took off, according to Cicero police Superintendent Jerry Chlada Jr.
Officers boxed the vehicle in on the southbound ramp of the Stevenson, Chlada said. The male driver got out and fired multiple rounds from an automatic weapon at two officers, according to Cicero officials.
Officer Luis Duarte, 31, was hit multiple times, leaving wounds in his arm, leg and side, officials said. Duarte, who has been with the Cicero Police Department for about four years, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. Late Thursday, he was in good condition following surgery.
Duarte’s wife, parents and siblings were at the hospital as he underwent surgery, authorities said.
The alleged shooter then ran north on Cicero and fired at another officer who chased him, Chlada said. A man with a concealed carry license driving south on Cicero in heavy traffic exited his vehicle and fired at the suspect, Chlada said.
“We were lucky enough to have a citizen on street that is a concealed carry holder, and he engaged in gunfire with this offender who was struck one time,” Chlada said.
Police did not release additional information about the concealed carry holder, and it was not clear who shot the suspect.
The male suspect was in serious condition at an area hospital, Chicago police said.
Cicero Town President Larry Dominick spoke to reporters outside of Mount Sinai Hospital and thanked the Cicero and Chicago police officers who responded to the shooting, as well as the citizen who fired at the suspect.
“The officer’s doing pretty good for being shot several times,” Dominick said.
Chicago police are investigating the incident while Illinois State Police are investigating the use of force by Cicero police.