A high-ranking Chicago police officer was shot in the Loop Tuesday afternoon while assisting a tactical team responding to a robbery at the Thompson Center, authorities said.
The officer, identified only as a commander, was shot a little before 2 p.m. at 100 W. Randolph St., according to chief Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
He would only say the officer was assisting a tactical team and would not give a condition of the officer. The officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in code red, serious to critical condition.
Sources said a suspect was arrested and taken to Area Central police headquarters.
Supt. Eddie Johnson sent out an email to members of the police department saying, “Today, our department suffered a tragedy that it is difficult to comprehend. This afternoon, a CPD commander was shot while assisting fellow officers. Information is still coming in at this time, but I wanted you to know as soon as possible. We will provide additional details as they come. Please take the time to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Stay safe.”
Outside the emergency room entrance at Northwestern, about a dozen plainclothes officers gathered in the middle of Erie Street. A number of marked and unmarked police and Chicago Fire Department vehicles, some of them with emergency lights flashing, were parked outside.
A uniformed officer hugged another officer in the middle of the street.
At the scene of the shooting, officers stretched crime tape from City Hall to the Thompson Center. A police command van arrived at 2:25 p.m.
Federal agents and Illinois state police joined Chicago detectives. Onlookers crowded the corners, and people at times had to dodge falling ice. Many workers said they could not get back into the buildings.
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