A manhunt is underway after an off-duty suburban police officer was shot in an apparent robbery attempt on Chicago’s South Side early Monday, authorities said.
Around 12:09 a.m., two people ambushed Dolton Police Detective Darryl Hope, 55, in the 7600 block of South Calumet Avenue in the city’s Chatham neighborhood, according to police.
“He had gotten off his shift, he had returned home and when he actually was walking up the stairs to his front door, he was approached by two suspects,” Dolton Police Chief Robert Collins said at a news conference early Monday.
Authorities said they believe the suspects had no idea Hope was a police officer, but were apparently attempting to rob him. During the incident, the suspects opened fire and Hope fired back, officials said.
There was no evidence that the suspects were struck, but Hope was shot three times in the abdomen and left arm and taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was upgraded to good condition.
“I just got off the phone with him three minutes before this happened to him,” community activist Andrew Holmes said, adding, “He was exiting the expressway and I told him to be careful and I’d talk with him in the morning. About three minutes later, I get a call a call he was shot.”
SWAT officers canvassed the area early Monday, going door to door to gather witness accounts of what happened. K-9 units were also searching for the suspects.
No one is in custody in connection with the shooting as authorities continue to investigate.