Cicero’s top cop is praising the actions of a concealed gun holder who opened fire on a suspect who had shot one of the town’s officers after a traffic stop on the Stevenson Expressway during evening rush hour Thursday.
“We were lucky enough to have a citizen on the street there who is a conceal carry holder, and he engaged in gunfire with the suspect,” Cicero Police Supt. Jerry Chlada Jr. said outside Mount Sinai Hospital, where Officer Luis Duarte was listed in good condition after undergoing surgery for four bullet wounds to the arm, leg and side.
A Cicero officer, identified as 31-year-old Luis Duarte, who officials said is a four-year veteran of the force, was shot multiple times around 5 p.m. Thursday near the Cicero Avenue entrance ramp on I-55 on the border of Chicago and Cicero.
During a press conference, Cicero Police Superintendent Jerry Chlada said officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle near 3900 South Cicero Avenue. The car refused to stop and officers were able to box him in at the entrance ramp. Chlada said the subject exited the vehicle and shot multiple rounds, striking an officer multiple times. The officer was shot four times.
The offender attempted to flee and another cop followed him on foot. The offender began firing shots once again, Chlada said. That’s when a citizen with a concealed carry permit opened fire at the suspect.
The suspect was shot one time and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. He is under Chicago police custody. It is unclear if the citizen struck the suspect, according to authorities.
Duarte underwent surgery Thursday night at Mount Sinai Hospital and was stabilized. He is now in good condition following surgery.
Police are asking the public to keep the officer and his family in their thoughts and prayers.
Cicero police officers do not have bodycams.
Chicago police are conducting an investigation into the shooting and traffic stop, and Illinois State Police are handling the investigation into the Cicero officers’ actions.
The review found that most of the shootings have been in public places in the Chicago area, and half the cases have involved concealed carry holders firing to defend themselves or someone else from robbers. At least 11 people have been killed, including a man with a license who tried to fend off carjackers on the West Side.
The 68-year-old writer was being held at Multnomah County Jail on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
Police responded to a shooting at the Oregon Culinary Institute, Brophy’s place of employment, June 2. Students were just beginning to arrive when they found the 63-year-old chef bleeding in the kitchen, according to KATU2 news. Brophy died at the scene.
His wife, Crampton-Brophy, is a self-published author of several books, including “The Wrong Husband” and “The Girl Most Likely To.” She also penned a blog post entitled “How To Murder Your Husband” in November 2011. The blog has since been made private.
Family and friends are shocked at the latest development in the case, according to The Washington Post.
The day after her husband was fatally shot Crampton-Brophy wrote an emotional Facebook post.
“For my facebook friends and family, I have sad news to relate. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning,” she wrote June 3. “For those of you who are close to me and feel this deserved a phone call, you are right, but I’m struggling to make sense of everything right now.”
But one of the couple’s neighbors confided to The Oregonian that Crampton-Brophy seemed unconcerned when she told him the police were investigating her as a suspect in the weeks following her husband’s death.
Crampton-Brophy was arraigned in Multnomah County Court on September 6.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 14th, 2018