An 18-year-old man has been charged in the attempted carjacking of an off-duty Chicago police officer, just blocks from the police department's Bronzeville headquarters.
Carlos Hendricks, of the 3800 block of South Michigan Avenue, was charged with felony attempted vehicular hijacking with a firearm, felony attempted robbery with a firearm and misdemeanor aggravated assault.
Hendricks allegedly pointed his gun at an off-duty cop and demanded his car around 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 3600 South Prairie Street, police said.
Hendricks was shot during the incident by the veteran officer, authorities said, but police are still search for another suspect in the case.
"The off-duty officer was sitting in his vehicle when he was approached by two unknown offenders, one on each side of his vehicle," police said in a statement. "The offenders announced a robbery, at which time an armed confrontation ensued and the off-duty fired his service weapon, striking one of the offenders in the abdomen."
The teen was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet.
“It shows how brazen these offenders are,” Chicago police Sgt. Cindy Guerra said. “They’ll target anyone, and tonight it just happened to be one of our own.”
A weapon was recovered from the scene that belonged to the juvenile who was shot, police said.
Chicago police and the Independent Police Review Authority were investigating.
There were no injuries to the officer.