(MCT) — A man suspected of abducting his 2-year-old child from the south suburb of Bridgeview was shot and critically wounded by a Chicago police officer after the suspect struck the officer with his car in a restaurant parking lot in the Lawndale neighborhood, authorities said.
The officer, a 16-year veteran, approached the man at a Church's Fried Chicken parking lot at 1151 S. Independence Blvd, about 7 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. The suspect backed up his car, then drove forward and hit the officer in the leg, officials said.
The officer fired into car and hit the suspect, authorities said. Another officer looked into the car and brought the young child out, wrapped in a blanket, witnesses said. The child was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.
The officer suffered several breaks to his leg, "which shows you the force of the hit," said Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial in fair to serious condition, and a third person was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition, officials said.
The suspect was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, according to Meg Ahlheim, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department.
Illinois State Police had alerted Chicago police that the suspect might be on the West Side, Camden said.
The injured officer was working overtime and assigned to the West Side for the evening when the suspect was spotted, officials said.
Michael Johnson, who lives nearby, said he was walking home to see his wife when heard gunshots and got down on the ground. When he got up, he saw an officer on the ground near a maroon car, and three or four Chicago police cars around the car.
The officer waved to another officer to indicate he was injured but alright, Johnson said. The driver of the car was slumped over and "there was no type of life there," Johnson said.
"It was a very, very sad scene," Johnson said. "The good thing about it is we did not lose a child today."
Tribune reporters Liam Ford and Adam Sege contributed