A car attempting to get around emergency vehicles Wednesday at the scene of a fatal crash in Bolingbrook struck an officer’s vehicle, causing cops to chase the vehicle into nearby Naperville where officers opened fire on the fleeing driver, authorities said.
The chase began about 5:12 p.m. in the 1100 block of West Boughton Road where a deadly crash involving a motorcycle was being investigated. Emergency vehicles were blocking the scene as investigators searched the scene.
“A subject drove around emergency vehicles blocking the scene, striking a Bolingbrook Officer,” police said.
The vehicle fled and officers pursued it. Police eventually caught up with the car at Naper Boulevard and Washington Street in Naperville, authorities said.
“While they were attempting to stop the vehicle shots were fired by officers,” police said.
The driver of the car was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. The officer who was struck by the car which was chased by police was also at an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, they said.
Footage of the scene from Sky 5 showed a cluster of police cars surrounding a black sedan that appeared to have three or four bullet holes in its windshield. A stretch of yellow crime-scene tape encircled the road and a large lot near a cul-de-sac of suburban homes.
A man who only identified himself as Eric said he was doing yardwork on his property when he heard sirens and 10 to 15 gunshots.
“What we heard was that it was a stolen car from Aurora that hit an officer that hit an officer in Bolingbrook and then came up this way into Naperville,” he told a freelance reporter on the scene. “(It) hit a couple cars, went back and forth a few times on the road, apparently he might have fired on police (and) police fired back and hit him twice in the arm.”
He said he was a little nervous with all the chaos erupting in his normally quiet neighborhood.
“We’re used to accidents happening here every now and then and cars going through the fence, but normally that happens late at night, not at 5 p.m. on a weeknight,” Eric said. “A lot of sirens going off, there were probably 30 police here and four ambulances.”
The incident is currently under investigation by the Will/Grundy Major Crimes Task Force.