Chicago shoplifter shot dead by police after firing on security guard and a police officer

Dramatic moment Chicago cops shoot shoplifter dead after he opened fire on a Home Depot security guard and shot a police officer in the shoulder

  •  Police shot dead the suspect in a dramatic shootout in Brighton Park, Chicago
  • The suspect was allegedly trying to steal from a Home Depot on Thursday
  • The police officer was shot in the shoulder while pursuing the suspect on foot
  • The Home Depot security guard was shot in the head and is still being treated 

By Lauren Lewis For Mailonline

Published: 09:16, 26 March 2021 | Updated: 12:03, 26 March 2021

A shoplifter was shot dead in a dramatic shootout with Chicago police on Thursday. 

The shootout happened after the suspect fired at a Home Depot store security guard when he tried to stop the man stealing from the shop. 

A police officer was shot in the shoulder during the pursuit near the Brighton Park neighborhood, Chicago, at about 4pm.  

The dramatic footage shows the suspect firing on police, who were called to the scene, after he had injured the Home Depot guard. 

In the video, a police officer can be seen gaining access to the garden, next door to where the suspect is shooting from behind a car.  

Standing on a pile of outdoor items, the officer shoots the suspect from close range. 

Once the suspect is down, the officer clambers over the fence separating the two gardens and is joined by a swarm of police. 

A shoplifter was shot dead in a dramatic shootout with Chicago police on Thursday.

The shootout happened after the suspect fired at a Home Depot store security guard when he tried to stop the man stealing from the shop 

A police officer was shot in the shoulder during the pursuit near the Brighton Park neighborhood, Chicago, at about 4pm

Chicago shoplifter shot dead by police after firing on security guard and a police officer

The dramatic footage shows the suspect firing on police, who were called to the scene, after he had injured the Home Depot guard

The police officer who was shot in the shoulder was released from hospital on Thursday evening. 

His fellow police officers stood to attention and saluted as he was wheeled out of the the Mount Sinai medical center wearing a hospital gown and helped into a waiting car. 

The 9th District officer was shot while pursuing the suspect on foot from the Home Depot store in the 2400-block of West 46th street, Superintendent David Brown said in a press conference. 

Police then blocked off a residential area of 46th Street between Western Avenue and Rockwell Street.  

The Home Depot security officer, who is in his early 50s, is still being treated for his wounds at the University of Chicago hospital on the south side of the city. 

Police said the guard had been shot in his head. 

Chicago shoplifter shot dead by police after firing on security guard and a police officer

Police then blocked off a residential area of 46th Street between Western Avenue and Rockwell Street

Chicago shoplifter shot dead by police after firing on security guard and a police officer

Thursday’s incident brings the number of Chicago police officers shot in the line of duty in the last two weeks up to four, and the total for the year up to 16

Chicago shoplifter shot dead by police after firing on security guard and a police officer

Officers were seen going door to door asking residents about what they had witnessed on Thursday

Police have blocked off a residential area of 46th Street between Western Avenue and Rockwell street.   

Officers were seen going door to door asking residents about what they had witnessed on Thursday. 

Thursday’s incident brings the number of Chicago police officers shot in the line of duty in the last two weeks up to four, and the total for the year up to 16.  

Brown said: ‘I get questions all the time about what is the department doing about violence, what are we doing about the shootings, what are we doing about the homicides.

What we are doing is risking our lives every day to protect this city.  

‘But here in Chicago… it’s the idea that cops are putting their lives on the line every day and it seems that these offenders are acting with impunity and yet with hyper-criticism, officers continue to run toward danger.’ 

An investigation into Thursday’s shooting is ongoing. 

Chicago shoplifter shot dead by police after firing on security guard and a police officer

Thursday’s incident brings the number of Chicago police officers shot in the line of duty in the last two weeks up to four, and the total for the year up to 16

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