Cops Shoot Suspects Trying to Escape Robbery

One suspect was killed, two others taken to Stroger Hospital

By Lauren Petty
|  Monday, Apr 30, 2012  |  Updated 5:13 PM CDT
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Two robbery suspects were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and the third was pronounced dead. NBC Chicago's Lauren Petty reports.

Two robbery suspects were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and the third was pronounced dead. NBC Chicago's Lauren Petty reports.

Chicago Police shot three robbery suspects, killing one, early Monday as the suspects tried to escape an attempted robbery on the city's Southwest Side.

Chicago Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden told NBC Chicago two suspects were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and the third was pronounced dead. A police officer also was hurt.

Camden said the officers responded around 2:30 a.m. to a burglary in progress at Mike's Electronics on the 2400 block of South Western Avenue. He said they surrounded the building and banged on the windows, telling the suspects to surrender.

The suspects hopped into a van inside the store and drove out, busting through a metal fence that bars the garage bay door.

"These guys thought they were in a movie," Camden said.

The van hit a police officer standing outside of his car and sideswiped a police SUV. That forced officers to fire, Camden said.

Neighbors described waking up to the gun shots. "I grabbed the phone, I called 911 and said multiple shots fired," said Terry O'Neill. "They said, 'Did you see it?' I said, 'No, I did not see it, I'm staying down. The next thing I know I stay down until I see the blue lights coming."

The police officer hurt by the fleeing van is in good condition with bumps and bruises.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating.

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