A Cicero police officer who was shot Thursday on Chicago’s Southwest Side underwent surgery and is recovering in the hospital, authorities said.
Officer Luis Duarte had surgery to remove the bullets in his arms, legs and stomach after he was shot four times during an attempted traffic stop near Interstate 55 and Cicero Avenue.
Sergeant Joe Melone with the Cicero Police Department’s Detective Bureau tweeted early Friday morning that Duarte was “out of surgery, alive, and with his warrior spirit.”
“Please pray for our officer and his family,” Melone wrote.
Duarte, who was involved in an investigation at the time, was shot just after 5:15 p.m. as he and his partner attempted to pull over a vehicle in traffic attempting to get on the expressway. The vehicle would not stop, so the officers boxed it in with their cruiser, police said. The driver of the vehicle then got out and began shooting at the two officers who were in their squad car, police said. Duarte, 31 years old and a four- to five-year veteran of the force, was struck multiple times.
At some point during the exchange of gunfire with police, a citizen who police said is authorized to carry a concealed weapon was in the area and began shooting at the suspect with the police.
“We were lucky enough to have a citizen on the street there who is a concealed carry holder and he also engaged in gunfire with the offender,” Supt. Jerry Chilada Jr. with the Cicero Police Department said.
The suspect was hit at least once by gunfire but it was not known if Cicero police or the armed citizen fired that shot, police said.
The suspect was in Chicago police custody.
The Illinois State Police were investigating the officer-involved shooting aspect of the case, per standard procedure, officials said.