According to Brown, one officer was shot in the chin and protective vest, another was hit in the thigh, and a bullet struck the third officer’s protective vest. The three were taken to hospitals along with two other officers with chest pains.
Their conditions were not immediately released.
Dr. Samuel Kingsley, a traumatologist, told reporters that an officer with a wound to the left side of his neck was placed on a breathing tube and doctors stabilized him.
The suspect was also shot and taken to hospital, Brown said. His condition has not been released.
The shooting happened around 9:40 a.m. as officers tried to take a suspect, described as a violent criminal in a car theft, into custody near a police station on the northwest side, Brown said.
On June 26, officers spotted a car in the city center. According to Brown, the firearm exploded while taking the suspect into custody. “Officers got behind the car, identified it as the car that stole the car, stopped the car, placed the suspect in custody, and then found the rest,”; Brown said.
Investigators were still trying to figure out the details of the confrontation, Brown said.
“I want to emphasize the inherent danger that these and all Chicago police feel every day in protecting the people of Chicago,” he said.
“When they leave home, they leave their loved ones and put their stars and risk everything. They risk everyone, protecting us all.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot asked city residents via Twitter to join her in praying for the officers.
“Today it is an urgent reminder of the danger our men and women face in our police department every day when they put on their uniforms and leave their homes,” she wrote.
“It’s a sacrifice they make to serve and protect our city and its people.”