CHICAGO (CBS) — A 26-year-old man has been charged with six counts of attempted murder, after shooting three police officers on Thursday outside the Grand Central District police station, while he was handcuffed in the back of a police SUV.
CPD Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said Lovelle Jordan, of Maywood, had been arrested Thursday morning in the Austin neighborhood, and had hidden a gun in his crotch, and used it to open fire on police when they brought him to the station.READ MORE: CTA Orange, Green Line Service Partially Halted, Loop 'L' Trains Snagged After Man Jumps In Front Of Train At Roosevelt, Dies
Jordan was arrested around 9 a.m. in the 4800 block of West North Avenue, after police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle, and spotted an unoccupied white Porsche that had been stolen in an armed carjacking last month, Deenihan said.
As officers were processing the vehicle, Jordan walked up to the car and got in.
“He walks right up to the Porsche, and he enters the Porsche, trying to drive away,” Deenihan said. “It just shows how emboldened these criminals are. The officers are right there, and this guy walks right past the front of the officers’ car, and just jumps in this vehicle, trying to start it and drive away while the officers are right there.”
Deenihan said the officers immediately jumped out of their squad car, and tried to pull Jordan out of the Porsche. Deenihan said Jordan struggled with police, who handcuffed him behind his back, and took him to the Grand Central District station in a marked SUV with a cage in the back.
When police arrived at the station, and an officer opened the door of the SUV to take Jordan inside, Jordan shot the officer in the chin. The officer fell backwards, and Deenihan said that’s when Jordan and other officers outside the station engaged in a shootout.
Sources said, between Jordan and the officers, more than 50 shots were fired.
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Jordan has been charged with six felony counts of attempted murder, one felony count of aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, two felony counts of drug possession, one felony count of illegal possession of a weapon by a felon, one felony count of being an armed habitual criminal, and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, police said.
Deenihan said officers who arrested Jordan did search him, and found money and drugs, but did not find a gun he had hidden on him.
“It appears that the defendant had the gun extremely secreted, probably very close to his private area, and unfortunately he was able to get that gun out while he was being transported, and then shoot this officer in the face right when the officer opens up the car,” Deenihan said.
He also denied reports the officers handcuffed Jordan in front, rather than in back.
“These guys, they didn’t do anything wrong,” Deenihan said.
Deenihan said Jordan had asked officers to handcuff him in front of his body, because of pain from skin grafts on his arms, but they refused.READ MORE: 'You Will Die:' Jovan McPherson Charged With Shooting CPD Officer, Kidnapping Woman In Lincoln Park
“They don’t handcuff him in front. They’re like, ‘No way, you’re fighting with us,’” Deenihan said. “He’s handcuffed in the rear the way he’s supposed to be.”
Deenihan said Jordan apparently was able to get his hands in front of him while seated in back of the police vehicle.
“It’s happened many times in the past, when someone’s cuffed in the back, that when they’re in a seated position – it’s not easy to do – but you can slide your arms underneath your legs, and now you’re in the front,” he said.
One officer was shot in chin, neck, and his protective vest. Another officer was shot in his protective vest, but the bullet didn’t penetrate. A third officer was shot in his hip. Two other officers suffered chest pains.
The officer who was shot in the chin was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center “very critical” condition, and a source told CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov he had to be revived twice on the way to the hospital. Deenihan said fragments from the bullet penetrated the officer’s esophagus, and the officer was still sedated Friday morning. Cook County prosecutors said he was in a medically-induced coma.
“He’s doing well, and we’re hoping that he’s going to make a full recovery,” Deenihan said. “He’s not out of the woods by any means, as far as any sort of full recovery, but it appears he’s going to make it.”
The other four officers were treated and released.
Jordan also was shot several times, and was in critical condition Friday morning at Stroger Hospital.
“It’s possible that he could be paralyzed from the chest down,” Deenihan said.
Deenihan said Jordan is a convicted felon who is on parole for felony possession of a gun, and had been on electronic monitoring until June.MORE NEWS: 2-Year-Old Chicago Lawn Girl Suffered Burns, Bruises Before She Died, Police Say
Jordan was ordered held without bail at his bond hearing Friday afternoon.