Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) Wednesday released videos showing an exchange of gunfire last month during which two Chicago police officers were shot and the suspected gunman was wounded in Lawndale.
Police said the incident unfolded after officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert shortly after 7 a.m. May 16. At the scene, they came across a man later identified as 45-year-old Bruce Lua, who they followed at a distance for several blocks while shouting verbal commands at him to stop, the videos show.
Video shows Lua continuing to walk away without responding.
Two officers then got out of their marked squad cars as Lua approached one of the cars in an alley. One of the officers ordered him to stop and yelled, “Show me your hands!”
Lua, who continues walking, then appears to pull a gun from his white sweatshirt and fires a shot at an officer from point-blank range. Multiple officers then returned fire, hitting him, the video shows.
A 26-year-old officer was struck in the hand, and a 28-year-old officer was hit in the hip and shoulder, according to prosecutors. Both received treatment and were released from the hospital later that day, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Lua, a convicted felon, was awaiting trial for a pending misdemeanor assault case when he shot at the police.
He is now being held on $10 million bail for attempted murder, aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon charges in connection with the exchange of gunfire with officers.