The three officers fatally shot in Chicago last night were “purely retaliatory,” one spokesman for the city’s Democratic mayor said.
The slaying of the officers—whose bullet-riddled bodies were found with multiple bullet wounds at about 9:45 p.m.—may be only the beginning. An incident at two of the slain officers’ locations, including one at a home not far from the police station, brought increased tensions between the city’s African-American and Latino communities and the city’s police.
According to news reports and accounts of the incident provided by police, three black men walked up to the door of the home, shot at the officers who were attempting to answer it, and returned to the same home armed with a gun. The suspects fled the scene before police arrived. Officers found a gun in the yard of the home, where the men apparently had sought refuge, after they arrived. The officers’ headquarters is right across the street from the crime scene.
At the home, officers encountered a person fleeing on foot, and were found with a gun and both of the police officers, according to reports. A second gun was found inside the second house where the suspects fled.
Just after midnight this morning, police in Chicago said they were still looking for the perpetrators, who are believed to be gang members. An 18-year-old man was taken into custody, and is being treated at a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Another man, 22, was injured in the incident, police said. It is unclear if he is connected to the incident in which the officers were shot, or is the suspected perpetrator.
More to come.
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