Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Chicago Police Officer Killed in Englewood (Updated)

Tragedy for the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday, July 7, as reported by the Sun-Times: "A Chicago Police officer [Officer Thor Soderberg] was shot in the head and killed this afternoon during an apparent robbery outside a South Side police facility. The officer was shot at 3:48 p.m. at 61st and Racine — the old Englewood District police station that is now used by the department’s targeted response and gang enforcement units.... He was shot in the head in a parking lot outside the facility in an apparent robbery attempt. At least one other officer shot the suspected robber in the chest, but he was not killed, the sources said...." Full Article... A suspect is in custody, reports The Chicago Tribune (6:22 p.m., 7/7/10): "The suspect was shot and wounded by another officer, and taken into custody, sources said. The suspect was transported to a local hospital, but the condition was unavailable." On July 8, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Officer Soderberg was "an academy instructor who volunteered his time by serving as a guide to a blind triathlete." The Sun-Times also said that "Soderberg had finished his shift and was standing near his car when a 24-year-old man attacked -- disarming him and shooting him with the officer's own weapon," a CPD spokeman said. "The suspect ran away and then robbed a civilian, police said." According to other reports, police heard shots fired by the suspect with Soderberg's gun. The July 8 Sun-Times report quoted the CPD spokesman as saying that police officers from that police station "exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was shot in the abdomen," and that "the suspect, a convicted felon, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he is under guard." The suspect is said to have 21 previous arrests on his record, including an incident in which he shot his own brother. The man was arrested on July 4, 2006 "for wounding his own brother with a .32-caliber handgun, according to police records," says the Sun-Times, which notes that he "was charged with aggravated battery, but the case was later dismissed, court records show." RELATED: Suspect in Shooting Officer Thor Soderberg in Hospital‎ MyFoxChicago Chicago police officer killed in South Side shooting C·Different Foundation - Thor Soderberg 6 months, 217 deaths: Chicago Homicide Data‎ ChicagoNow City Council passes quick new gun ordinances‎ 1 dead, 2 wounded in West Englewood shooting Chicago Breaking News (July 4, 2010) VIDEO: Englewood Erupts in Violence NBC Chicago (April 2, 2010) Gang wars make South Side city's deadliest Chicago Defender (August 20, 2008) If Chicago's West and South sides were their own cities, they'd be the deadliest and most violent in America ChicagoNow (June 16, 2010)