A veteran Chicago police officer who was shot in his neck and chin during a shootout with a carjacking suspect outside a police station last week is out of a medically induced coma, but is still not talking.
Three officers were shot on Thursday outside the Grand Central District police station when a handcuffed suspect managed to get his hands in front of him, and pulled out a gun he had concealed during his arrest.
Two of the wounded officers were treated and released the same day, but a third is still in the hospital. He was reportedly in very serious condition upon arrival to the emergency room, CBS reports.
Police said the officer was shot in the neck, chin, and his protective vest. Fragments from the bullet penetrated the officer’s esophagus, and he was placed in a medically induced coma on Thursday.
The suspected gunman, 26-year-old Lovelle Jordan, of Maywood, has been charged with six felony counts of attempted murder, one felony count of aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, two felony counts of drug possession, one felony count of illegal possession of a weapon by a felon, one felony count of being an armed habitual criminal, and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, police said. He is being held without bail.
CPD Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said Jordan had been arrested Thursday morning in the Austin neighborhood, and had hidden a gun in his crotch, and used it to open fire on police when they brought him to the station.