A Chicago police officer is in serious condition after being shot multiple times while responding to a report of domestic violence on the Near West Side Friday morning.
The shooting occurred at around 8:30 a.m. Friday in the 1300 block of West Taylor Street, Police Superintendent David Brown said. Officers were responding to a domestic situation there when they were fired upon by a male suspect.
Brown said the officers had entered an elevator in a building at that location, and the suspect began shooting as soon as they exited the lift. The male officer, a 15-year veteran of the department, was struck multiple times and was rushed to Stroger Hospital.
“They were ambushed,” Brown said during a press conference Friday afternoon, “this wasn’t a matter of police tactics, they were ambushed, clearly.”
The alleged gunman, whom Brown said is a convicted felon, has since been taken into custody and police recovered a firearm on scene. He too has been hospitalized with injuries to his wrist.
Police did not fire their weapons and no one else was struck, Brown said.
The officer was struck in the torso and multiple times in the arm, according to Brown.
"He's recovering," Brown said outside the hospital Friday. "We are asking for prayers for this officer and his family, and we're hoping and praying for a full recovery."
Police do have video of the incident and criminal charges are pending.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the number of domestic-related calls, shootings and homicides in Chicago have all risen significantly over the last two years, calling this "unbelievable increase" a public health and safety crisis.
"I think this brings a very sobering set of context to what our officers are facing every single day," she said. "We've got to make sure that we're addressing this surge."