A licensed gun owner was hailed Thursday for his role in helping police in suburban Chicago stop a suspect who was firing an automatic weapon, FOX NEWS reports.
Officials commended the unnamed civilian for his actions as they stood outside a hospital where Cicero police Officer Luis Duarte, 31, was undergoing surgery for four gunshot wounds suffered during the shootout, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“We were lucky enough to have a citizen on the street there’s who’s a concealed-carry holder, and he’s also engaged in gunfire,” said Cicero police Superintendent Jerry Chlada Jr.
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Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Cicero police Officer Luis Duarte was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago on Thursday, where he underwent surgery. The 31-year-old officer was shot four times during the encounter with a suspect near Interstate 55 at Cicero Avenue.
Cicero Police Chief Jerry Chlada Jr. says officers tried to pull over an auto that instead sped away and tried to get onto the expressway. Officers boxed in the auto, after which a man in the auto opened fire on two officers as he fled on foot. Chlada says a civilian concealed-carry gun owner joined in the gun fight. FOX Local 32 News
“He got out and started helping the police, which is something I’ve got to be proud of,” Cicero town President Larry Dominick told the Sun-Times.
Officer Luis Duarte was shot in the arm, leg and abdomen and that’s when the civilian stopped his vehicle and engaged the suspect in a fire fight. The suspect was hit and police are still investigating to see if it was the civilian or an officer that took down the suspect.
The suspect was listed in serious condition, officers recovered the suspects firearm at the scene.
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