South Shore Line officer shoots unruly passenger at Hegewisch station: police

The shooting involved an officer of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District. It did not involve Chicago police.

SHARE South Shore Line officer shoots unruly passenger at Hegewisch station: police
Screen_Shot_2021_01_11_at_5.54.37_PM.png

File photo

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District/YouTube

A South Shore Line officer shot and critically wounded an unruly passenger he was trying to remove from a train Thursday morning at the Hegewisch station.

An officer of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, which operates the South Shore Line, was called to a conductor who said a passenger was being verbally aggressive, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department, which is investigating the shooting.

As the officer tried to remove the 33-year-old passenger from the train, the passenger became “physically aggressive and a struggle ensued,” at which point the officer shot the passenger in his abdomen, police said.

The passenger was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.

The officer was taken to a hospital for a facial injury, police said. He was in good condition at Trinity Hospital, Langford said.

One gunshot was fired in the incident, according to NICTD President Mike Nolan. The shooting happened on train number 114, which arrived about 8:30 a.m. at the Hegewisch station, 13730 S Brainerd Ave., he said.

The NICTD, based in Michigan City, Indiana, runs South Shore Line trains between Millennium Station in the Loop and the South Bend Airport.

Chicago police asked anyone with tips, images or video to contact Area Two detectives at (312) 747-8271 or online at CPDTIP.com.

The Latest
A dormant but architecturally-significant modernist South Side office building is getting a major fix-up.
Contributions to Democratic candidates and abortion-rights groups have spiked sharply. Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt says, “How (abortion) plays out in November is to be determined, but for now, it is injecting some much-needed enthusiasm into parts of the Democratic coalition.”
The man, 30, was in the 9000 block of South Escanaba Avenue about 12:20 a.m. when he was shot in the head.
Jalen Vales, 27, was charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery of a peace officer.
Lance Lynn threw six scoreless innings in his best start of season. The Sox benefitted from Giants reliever Camilo Doval’s error in the ninth that allowed Gavin Sheets to reach base.