Worth Man Charged with Running Down Chicago Cop

Monday, Nov 5, 2012  |  Updated 9:00 PM CDT
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Worth Man Charged with Running Down Chicago Cop

Nicholas Sauer

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A south suburban man was ordered held without bond Monday, accused of kidnapping his young child and then trying to run over a police officer with a car Sunday night.

Nicholas Sauer, 27, of the 7200 block of West 112th Street in Worth, was charged with child abduction, attempted murder, aggravated battery of a police officer and aggravated vehicular hijacking, according to Andy Conklin, spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Authorities say Sauer abducted his 2-year-old child from southwest suburban Bridgeview and after learning of an Amber alert drove toward a police officer who confronted him in a fast food restaurant parking lot.

The officer -- fearing for his life -- fired shots at the car, striking the driver, according to a statement from police.

Sauer was shot in the head and was taken in critical condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, authorities said.

The 40-year-old officer suffered a broken leg with multiple fractures and was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries for treatment, authorities said.

The baby who was found in the back seat of the car and was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital with minor injuries suffered during the incident, according to the department statement.

The Independent Police Review Authority is also investigating, spokesman Larry Merritt said.

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