A retired Chicago police officer was shot dead while trying to stop a robbery

A retired Chicago police officer is in serious condition after he was shot Thursday morning while trying to stop a robbery on the city’s South Side.

The shooting happened around 7:30 a.m. outside a currency exchange office on 71st Street and Wentworth Avenue. WGN-TV reported.

Police said a 58-year-old employee opened the bureau when a car approached her. Two men got out of the vehicle and tried to rob the woman.

The exchange office security guard, a 60-year-old retired police officer, stepped in and tried to help the woman. Police said there was an exchange of gunfire and the retired officer was shot six times.

The man was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he is listed in serious condition, according to WGN. The woman was unharmed. It is not known whether any of the suspects were injured.

The Chicago Police Department released surveillance video of shooting on Friday. Video shows a gray Dodge Durango pulling up at the bureau de change and two men getting out of the vehicle as the clerk opens the store. One of the men approaches the woman while the other suspect approaches a parked car, which WGN reported could be the retired officer’s vehicle.

CPD spokesman Tom Ahern said it was not clear who fired the first shot the Chicago Tribune. After the shooting, the suspects fled in the vehicle, Ahern said.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

Police said the retired officer’s actions were “heroic”.

“Even as a retired officer, he did his best, he did his job and he saved someone’s life,” CPD deputy chief Fred Melean told reporters at a news conference.

“There are three perpetrators in total,” Melan said. “We don’t currently know exactly how many shots were fired. But you talk – when someone tried to rob [you] shot with a pistol several times, this person’s life was definitely saved.”

The shooting comes two weeks after another retired Chicago police officer was injured in a shootout with carjackers outside his Lawndale home. A 17 year old boy was charged with attempted murder after the retired officer was shot four times.

66 people were killed in Chicago last month, bringing the total number of homicides in the city to 448 in 2022. according to the police. The number of shootings has declined compared to the same time last year, but the number of homicides is still above pre-pandemic levels.

Here’s more from WGN-TV:

https://www.theblaze.com/news/retired-chicago-police-officer-shot A retired Chicago police officer was shot dead while trying to stop a robbery

Laura Coffey

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