At least two people are in custody Wednesday evening in connection with the shooting of a Chicago police officer and two federal agents who were working undercover on the Southwest Side, a source said.
Police spokesman Tom Ahern said in a tweet that one person was being interviewed by detectives but gave no other details. A source told the Chicago Sun-Times that at least one other person is also in custody.
Police had found a white Chevrolet Malibu believed to be used in the shooting near 89th Place and Indiana Avenue. Officers had been looking for a suspect there, and a “drone command van” was sent to assist in the search.
The shooting happened shortly before 6 a.m. as the three were getting onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 57 near 119th Street, about a mile from the Morgan Park police station, police said.
The police officer was grazed in the back of the head, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was shot in the hand, and another ATF agent suffered a wound to his side, police said. All were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Police Supt. David Brown told reporters the three “were conducting an investigation. They were all together in one vehicle when they were fired upon.”
Brown gave no details about the undercover operation. He said one of the ATF agents is a woman. The police officer and the other ATF agent are men.
All three were released from the hospital as of Wednesday evening, a source said.
AF1 landed at O'Hare WH @PressSec Psaki said re #ATF agents, city cop shot in #Chicago: Said per pool report, "the administration is in touch with the mayor of Chicago about the shootings overnight and offered condolences for the families."— Lynn Sweet (@lynnsweet) July 7, 2021
Illinois State Police troopers were called to assist with the investigation.
The two wounded ATF agents and police officer are among five law enforcement officials shot in Chicago over the past three days.
Chicago police Cmdr. Patrina Wines and a sergeant were wounded by bullets fired into a crowd of revelers in the 100 block of North Long Avenue in Austin at about 1:30 a.m. Monday. Wines was struck in the foot, and the sergeant was grazed in the leg.
Brown said 36 Chicago police officers have either been shot or shot at this year.
“We have more than 100,000 gang members in the city of Chicago,” Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) said Wednesday. “They are emboldened and have nothing to fear from law enforcement. The police are under siege.”
O’Shea, whose ward includes the area where the shooting occurred, said the police department is struggling with a shortage of manpower because of a record number of retirements this year.
“We’re at a critical point in the city of Chicago. We need help. Police can’t do it alone,” he said, appealing to President Joe Biden, who visited Crystal Lake on Wednesday.
“In some communities, mothers and fathers are scared to let their kids out in front of their house,” O’Shea said. “We continue to have these episodes here on the South Side, and today was another example of the utter lawlessness we see in the streets.”