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WAUKEGAN (CBS) — The Lake County Major Crime Task Force is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Waukegan where an officer shot at a suspect who escaped by driving away and injuring at least one officer.
The Metropolitan Enforcement Group served a warrant for the arrest of Darcoven London, 24, of Waukegan. They did not find him, but did find narcotics and guns, Waukegan Police Cmdr. Gabe Guzman said Wednesday.
Officers learned London was at a home in the 0 to 100 block of Noll Street on Monday around 5:30 p.m. and they asked Waukegan police for backup.
When police arrived, the suspect was inside a dark sedan in the driveway. As a woman Waukegan officer went to open the car door and another officer stood in front of the vehicle, London allegedly accelerated the vehicle, injuring her hand and forcing the other officer to jump out of the vehicle’ way. A third Waukegan officer fired one shot into the vehicle, but it continued and was able to get away.
Police checked area emergency rooms and did not find any reports of a gunshot victim and believe he may not have been hit by the shot. Because the officer discharged his weapon the Major Crime Task Force investigates the incident.
The injured officer was taken to Vista East Medical Center, Waukegan, where she was treated and released.
London has had contact with police in the past. In December 2009, he was one of four men arrested in Gurnee at the Woodview apartments in the 1800 block of Delany Road after police checked the four people inside a vehicle because of a loud noise complaint. He was charged with obstruction of justice, possession of a fraudulent ID card and possession of marijuana.
In 2005, he was arrested for battery after a series of fights at Waukegan High School that resulted in a sweep of the high school by police K-9 units searching for weapons and drugs.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2011. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)