Three Chicago cops shot in shootout with handcuffed carjacking suspect

An apprehended Chicago carjacking suspect opened fire on police Thursday morning, striking three officers as they attempted to walk him into a local police station, police said.

Police returned fire and shot the suspect, who was rushed to a hospital with the three officers — all in varying conditions.

Details around the shootout were not immediately known. It’s unclear how the man managed to shoot the police officers — whether the suspect had his own gun or if he wrested the weapon from one of the cops.

“They were bringing him to the station when the offender was able to fire shots at the officers and they returned fire,” Chicago Police spokesman Tom Ahern said.

The shooter had been placed in handcuffs and began opening fire around 9:40 a.m. as soon as the officers opened the doors of the vehicle he was transported in, the local CBS affiliate reported.

Two other officers at the scene were hospitalized with chest pains, police said.

Police did not have a condition on the suspect, whose name has not been released.

The shooter had been arrested earlier Thursday morning in connection to a June 26 carjacking in downtown Chicago, police said.

A source told the CBS affiliate that police had handcuffed the suspect with his hands placed in front of his body. When the officers opened the police vehicle, he was standing up in a firing stance holding a gun, according to the outlet.

More than 50 shots were fired in the shootout that lasted longer than a minute, according to the outlet.

With Post wires

Source: Newzandar News

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