Shootout During Restaurant Robbery, Cop Injured

CHICAGO (STMW) – A former Chicago Police officer was shot when he exchanged gunfire with a suspect who tried to rob a restaurant Tuesday night on the South Side.

About 6:15 p.m. at 4653 S. Halsted St. a man who is a former police officer was shot in the hand, according to a Wentworth Area police sergeant.

The incident happened at Big Ray’s Grill when the armed suspect jumped behind the counter where the owner was and demanded money from the register, Deering District police Capt. Kevin Navarro said.

The suspect also pointed the weapon at a former police officer inside the restaurant who pulled his gun, the captain said. The two exchanged gunfire, and former officer was hit once in the hand and the suspect fled.

It was not immediately known whether the suspect was also wounded but the captain said there were no other reports of injuries.

The victim was taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center where his injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to the sergeant. Navarro said he was listed in good condition.

The suspect was described as a black man with a dark complexion and braids, 5-foot-9 to 6-foot, wearing black jeans and a yellow long-sleeved shirt and weighing about 200 pounds, according to Navarro.

No arrests have been made and the incident.

Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.

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  • edward c, stengel

    The first report of this incident on the internet said the ex-cop was a security guard there, whereas now it appears that he was just another patron. It’s unfortunate to have to use this or any other tragedy to point out the injustices in our society, but sometimes you have to use what is available. If it is correct that the ex-cop was just another patron, notice, that although he no longer has law enforcement authority, he can still legally carry a gun. An ordinary citizen in Illinois caught carrying a gun is guilty of a felony – unlawful use of a weapon.
    It is quite obvious that there are some in this society who are “more equal” than
    the rest of us. That needs to change. We should all have equal rights.

  • joe

    wake up and smell the coffee ed!! the good guy won and nobody died!! read on about yr hard-on with the police…

    President Bush Signs Historic
    ‘National Concealed Carry for Cops’ Into Law

    New law will arm nearly 1.5 million off duty and retired officers

    Washington DC – This morning the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA) joined with other national law enforcement leaders at the White House to witness President Bush signing the historic ‘National Concealed Carry for Cops’ into law.

    Today’s signature by President Bush closes a chapter in a 12 year long effort by the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA) and Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) to save cops’ lives and protect our communities. First proposed by LEAA and Congressman Cunningham in 1992, this law will allow qualified off duty and retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms in all 50 states.

  • Straight Shooter

    Or look at it this way: if we had concealed carry in Illinois and this piece of trash walked in their knowing most of the place was armed I am pretty sure this incident wouldn’t have happened. I say we need more heroes like this former cop and less thugs. It’s just ashamed he wasn’t killed – one more low life off the street who can’t rob or assault innocent people who work hard for what they have.

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