Three Chicago cops have been hospitalised with serious gun shot wounds while trying to arrest a suspected carjacker.
One officer was hit in neck or chin area and vest, another in the hip and a bullet struck a third officer’s protective vest with the gunman also reportedly injured.
The male officers were shot outside a station depot on the northwest side of the city around 9.40am on Thursday, police superintendent David Brown said in a press conference.
Their conditions are still to be revealed and an investigation is ongoing.
In an update a trauma surgeon at the hospital, Dr Samuel Kingsley, told local media one officer was being treated for wound to the left side of the neck and requires a breathing tube – CNN reports.
The suspect was described as a known violent car-jacking suspect from a previous carjacking offence on June 26. His condition is unknown.
Gun fire broke out when officers tried to arrest him when they spotted a car in connection with the previous crime.
Supt Brown said: “Officers got behind this car, identified it as that carjacking vehicle, stopped the car, put the suspect in custody and then the rest transpired after that.
“I want to strongly emphasise the inherent dangers that these and all Chicago police officers experience every, every day protecting the residents of Chicago.
“When they leave home, they leave their loved ones and put their stars on and risk everything. They risk everything protecting all of us.”
The city’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot also took to Twitter to ask for prayers for the injured men.
“Today is a searing reminder of the danger our men and women of our Police Department face every day they put on their uniforms and leave their homes,” she wrote.
“This is the sacrifice they make in order to serve and protect our city and fellow residents.”