Off-Duty Police Detective Shoots 2 People In Lawndale

UPDATED 03/21/12 11:14 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — An off-duty Chicago Police detective says he was just trying to quiet a crowd on the city’s West Side, when someone pulled a gun on him and left him with no choice to fire back.

As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, a 22-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were still recovering from gunshot wounds as of 11 a.m.

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The woman was reported shot in the head, and was brought to Mount Sinai Hospital in an unknown condition. The man was shot in the hand, and was hospitalized at the same institution in good condition.

As of 11 a.m., police remained on the scene of the shooting, on 15th Place just east of Kedzie Avenue in the North Lawndale neighborhood. Evidence technicians were collecting evidence and marking where shell casings were found on the street.

CBS 2 counted at least 15 casings.

Police said around 1 a.m., the off-duty detective was pulling out of an alley in his car, when he came across four people who were being loud and rowdy on the street.

Police say the detective rolled down the window of his vehicle to investigate, and saw a man approach him with a handgun, then allegedly point it at him.

“(He) rolls the window down and says, ‘Hey guys, keep the noise down.’ At that point, one of the offenders comes at him as he’s sitting in his car. The offender has a weapon in his hand. The officer announced he’s police – ‘Drop the gun! Police!’ The offender continues to advance on him,” Camden said. “At that point, the officer fires, in fear of his life.”

But one resident who was outside at the time claims he didn’t hear a disturbance, as police allege.

“I didn’t hear no disturbance. All that I heard was gunshots,” said witness Marshall Walker. “I thought, like I said, I thought they were shooting each other, and I found out it was a police officer; shot the young girl and her cousin – one in the hand, and they shot her in the head, and she was in critical condition.”

Walker said he kept his distance.

“I don’t get involved in nothing like that,” he said. “I just stay out of the way.”

The other two people in the group that was allegedly causing the disturbance ran off.

Detectives are probing the incident, along with investigators from the Independent Police Review Authority.

  • E. Smith

    $10 says that’s nowhere close to the real story.

  • Centurion

    Now, if it were a law abiding citizen…he would have been killed cause law abiding citizens are not allowed to defend themselves.

    • Tim

      Why would a single detective confront a group at 1AM? Something is fishy on this.
      If it were an armed law-abiding citizen, the police would say drive away. If not, that person would be in jail and charged with UUW.
      First rule is to get away safe. If not, incapacitate threat, no matter who it is.

  • malcom

    more police executions I see

    • Jim

      malcom, just refer to Just Axin’s comment below!

  • Just Axin

    At 1am in the hood, these mutts were up to no good. Hopefully his version stands. Of course the people shot and their homies will say they were waiting for the bus to go to work when this guy shook them down. It’s never-ending chaos with them.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      Gentlemen (you too G-Lep) – GOOD LUCK!!!! May we ALL get some new nikes!!!!

      • G-Lep

        Watch it, lace-curtain Irishman!!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        Are you calling me a window dresser?? LOL !!!! NO nikes for you!

    • THEE Yard Ape

      What are your picks for the lottery???

      • G-Lep

        If I may weigh in, I’m going with 5-10. I think Tom’s partly correct on the flooding.

      • Just Axin

        YApe- Yeah, I think they might be spooked a bit so we definitely won’t see those awesome numbers from last week. I’m encouraged when I think of Nature vs Nuture…Nature always wins (credit goes to line from Wedding Crashers) so how about (only) 6-11

  • Tom

    I think this weeks count is going to be low. I attribute this to the Police Super and the Mayor being under fire (no pun intended) after last weeks mischief. As a result, the streets will be flooded with cops and the crooks will be in seclusion. Im going with a paultry 2 and 6.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      You may be right Tom. Let’s just hope the simians improve their marksmanship.

  • live free

    This why I never got involved in off duty incidents. 911, and drive away.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    A male and female of the species. That’s got to be worth double points!!

  • Man Shot By Detective Stands Charged With Assault « CBS Chicago

    […] Police say Antonio Cross, 39, approached the detective with a gun in the 3100 block of West 15th Place in the North Lawndale neighborhood. The detective was asking a group of people to quiet down as they caused a disturbance. […]

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