An off-duty Chicago police detective said he opened fire on an armed thief trying to steal a catalytic converter from a parked car in Irving Park early Tuesday morning. Sun Times.
Few details have been released about the shooting at Block 2800 on West Grace Street at around 2:50 am on Tuesday. Police have not reported any injuries, but law enforcement sources say investigators are searching hospitals for shooting victims.
The Civil Police Accountability Office, which investigates the use of force by police officers, was called to the scene, but the office did not release any other information.
Police spokesman Tom Ahern did not confirm that off-duty officers were involved, even though COPA had been notified. He said the ministry regularly discloses such information.
Media notices about the shooting also make no mention of off-duty police involvement. Police responded to the shooting and contacted a man who said he saw several people trying to steal a catalytic converter.
One of the thieves “pointed his firearm at the victim after realizing he was nearby,” the notice said. “The victim pulled out a gun and shot the perpetrator. The perpetrator got into multiple cars and fled the scene.”
The man was not injured, but was taken to hospital with “chest pains,” the notice said.
A source confirmed that the same detective was involved in another case on the same block around 10:25 pm Sunday. His CWB Chicago, a crime blog, was the first to report the connection between the two incidents.
A police spokesperson said detectives told officers they saw two cars, a black and a silver sedan, driving the wrong way around the block.
Detectives said a black sedan struck a parked car and two male occupants jumped into the second sedan. As the car passed the detective, someone inside threatened him with a gun pointed in his direction.
No one was reported to have been taken into custody in either incident.