CHICAGO (CBS) — One person was killed, and two officers were injured in a police-involved shooting Thursday night in west suburban Aurora.
Police said two special operations investigators saw a car leaving a known gang house in the 200 block of South Lake Street around 9:45 p.m., and began following it.
The officers tried to pull the car over near Galena and Fox River Trail, but the driver shot at officers, and then drove away. The car then crashed into another car at Galena and Broadway, police said.
After the crash, the driver got out of the car, and began shooting at police again near Galena and LaSalle. The two officers shot back, and killed the suspect, police said. Authorities identified him as 36-year-old Santiago Calderon.
One officer also was shot in the leg. A second officer injured his shoulder while taking cover, but was not shot.
Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said it’s not yet clear why Calderon opened fire on police when they tried to pull him over. She also said she was unsure why the officers initiated the traffic stop.
“We’re gathering the puzzle pieces, and very soon we’ll have a very clear picture of what happened,” she said.
Ziman said both officers — Matt Huber and Colin Griffin — are 10-year veterans of the force, and have been placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation of the shooting by the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force.
Police recovered the suspect’s weapon at the scene. A passenger in the suspect’s vehicle was taken into custody for questioning. Ziman said she was unsure of the relationship between Calderon and the passenger in his car.
“I want to express my sympathy to the family of Mr. Calderon. Despite his actions that resulted in this outcome, we know he is a father and a son, and that is not lost on us,” she said.
Calderon had been arrested on a gun charge on March 18, and was released after posting bond, according to Ziman. It was not immediately clear if he had any other previous criminal record.
Ziman said Aurora police officers are not equipped with body cameras. While some police vehicles have dashboard cameras, the officers’ unmarked squad car was not equipped with a camera. However, Ziman said police have video footage from other officers who responded to help, and have recovered surveillance video footage from the area. Investigators were working to determine if there is other surveillance footage of the incident.