CHICAGO — An off-duty police officer opened fire on an armed catalytic converter thief team in Irving Park overnight. It was the second night in a row that armed men confronted off-duty officers at the same location, according to Chicago police records.
The first incident occurred around 10:24 pm on Sunday at the 2800 block of West Grace. A 43-year-old man identified as an off-duty detective told officers on duty that he saw a black sedan and a silver sedan driving in reverse.
A black car crashed into a parked car, causing the occupants to get out and jump into the silver car, a Chicago police spokesman said. A silver car then drove past the off-duty officer, and someone inside the car pointed a gun at him and sped off, according to CPD.
No shots were fired during Sunday’s confrontation.
Around 2:50 am on Tuesday, the situation was slightly different in the same location. Off-duty officers witnessed several people trying to steal a catalytic converter from a parked car, according to a Chicago Police Department media statement.
Police said one of the thieves pointed a gun at the officer, who pulled out his gun and opened fire. No one was injured in the shooting.
The thieves fled the scene by jumping into a Dodge Charger and a white Hyundai sedan, according to CPD.
The Hyundai driver ran the wrong way down the street, smashed into a parked SUV and fled, according to a Chicago police report. The report identifies the off-duty officer as a Chicago police officer listed as a detective in public records.
The off-duty officer was taken to the hospital with chest pains after Tuesday’s incident, according to the department.
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