Chicago's OEMC Zone 13, home of the Chicago Police Department's 9th district daily operational communications needs. The dispatcher was having a routine night, which means highs and lows in activity. Domestics, vice calls (drugs, gangs, guns), parkers, and various criminal shenanigans that aren't new to the city.
Suddenly, an officer describing a van is heard, followed by an officer screaming into his radio...."MY PARTNER'S HIT, MY PARTNER'S HIT, MY PARTNER'S HIT 64TH & ASHLAND" shortly after a flurry of radio activity, "GET THOSE AMBULANCES ROLLING! LET'S GET THEM IN HERE!" The dispatcher finding a way to stay calm and collected, says, "We've got ambulances on the way"
By the time it was over, two officers had been shot. We now know these were two Tactical Officers from 009. For those not familiar with CPD parlance, Tactical Officers are plainclothes personnel specializing in investigating things like gangs, guns, robbery, burglary, drugs, prostitution, etc. They drive unmarked cars, and possess specialized training for their work.
The shooting occurred at or around 9PM last night, May 02, 2017. Per the statement made by the department, the officers were sitting in their unmarked unit in the 4300 block of south Ashland Ave. when they saw someone in a silver van shooting at another vehicle, according to preliminary information.
As it all unfolded, Chicago's independent journalists covering the crime beat gave live coverage from the radio traffic. Enter Spot News....
Now come the tweets from Chicago Police Spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, to confirm what has happened. Anthony is Twitter verified, as noted by the blue badge with the checkmark.
Superintendant Johnson spoke to the media, saying, "We believe these officers were followed and targeted", a statement giving insight into the frantic manhunt that took place last night after the shooting. Upon being fired at, police returned fire. At this time, it is not believed that anyone was struck by the fire from police service weapons.
Current information says that both vehicles involved had left the scene hastily, and The van was found near 37th Street and Racine Avenue, less than two miles away, and either a rifle or shotgun was recovered near the scene, according to a source citing preliminary information. A second weapon was also recovered, and three people were taken into custody for questioning, police said.
Per AJ Guglielmi, Chicago Police Spokesman, one officer has been released from the hospital, and Detectives are continuing their investigation. According to ABC 7 Chicago, the second officer may be released later today.