Hollywood would have us believe that most criminals are carrying machine guns. They’re not. Automatic weapons are almost never seen on the streets of The United States. When they are, though, police can be at a distinct disadvantage. They sometimes need extra help, and that’s just what happened Thursday.
This story of bravery comes from Chicago, no less. The city with some of the most draconian firearms regulations still manages to lead the world in gun violence. But there are people in Chicago who own firearms legally and use them responsibly in the defense of others.
“Officials commended the unnamed civilian for his actions as they stood outside a hospital where Cicero police Officer Luis Duarte, 31, was undergoing surgery for four gunshot wounds suffered during the shootout,” Fox writes.
— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) September 14, 2018
Cicero police Superintendent Jerry Chlada Jr. told reporters of the man’s actions. “We were lucky enough to have a citizen on the street there’s who’s a concealed-carry holder, and he’s also engaged in gunfire.”
The shootout began shortly after 5 p.m. Duarte and his partner conducted what was meant to be a routine traffic stop. The driver of the car they were stopping didn’t comply, and pulled onto the on-ramp of Interstate 55.
A man with a concealed-carry license was commended for coming to the aid of Cicero police who were engaged in a shootout with a man who shot and wounded an officer near the Stevenson Expressway, authorities said. @mitchtrout and @MHendricksonCST report.https://t.co/qjsYVB0AHr
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) September 14, 2018
This was rush hour in suburban Chicago, though, and the volume of traffic prevented a high-speed chase.
The police pinned the fleeing car in traffic, but the driver jumped from the car and began firing an automatic at the officers. He then fled on foot.
The officers fired back, but were outgunned. That’s when the armed citizen, witnessing the chaos, joined the fight. He stepped from the car and fired at the suspect.
“He got out and started helping the police, which is something I’ve got to be proud of,” Cicero town President Larry Dominick told reporters.
The suspect was struck once. Tests will determine if he was hit by the police or the armed citizen.
Officer Duarte was shot in his arm, leg, and abdomen. He was reportedly alert before he went into surgery Thursday evening.
The wound to the suspect is more severe. He was incapacitated by his wound and taken into custody and remains in serious condition.
Here’s the audio of the police call, including Officer Duarte’s own description of his wounds as they occurred.