Chicago police say officers are trying to stop a car that was involved in a carjacking with three men inside. After the vehicle passed, when officers approached the vehicle, there was a shootout, according to the CPD.
Edgardo Perez, 24, was shot by police and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in a critical but stable condition. He is now charged with the willful murder of a Chicago police officer.
Two other people in the car were detained. Jesse Sanchez, 21, and Noel Centeno, 20, are also currently facing felony charges for allegedly possessing a stolen vehicle and weapons charges.
Police said two weapons were recovered, a pistol with a laser scope and a revolver.
Video obtained by ABC7 I-Team from law enforcement sources shows the dramatic confrontation that occurred when Chicago police shot a man in the middle of the city on Wednesday night.
The shooting happened around 8:45 p.m. near Lower Wacker Drive and Columbus Drive, a high-traffic area near the Chicago River.
No officers were shot, but a 34-year-old officer and a 30-year-old officer were taken to a local hospital for treatment for minor injuries, according to police.
The ages and genders of the detainees have not yet been released.
The scene was cleared around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, and a car riddled with bullet holes was towed away.
Video from police POD cameras shows the officer first arriving at the passenger side window, then descending into hiding, seeing a gun or reacting to suspicious gunfire, before returning to help help other officers.
The Police Civil Liability Office said it was responding to the shooting.
Brian Burns said he was a witness.
“As I was pulling into that intersection, I heard gunshots starting. I think it was between 6 and 10 o’clock; I don’t really remember exactly how much. Within two minutes, there were about 20-30. police car like at the scene right there. You know, it’s clear to me this isn’t a traffic stop,” he said.
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