A Chicago police officer was shot in the leg and a suspected robber was fatally wounded Monday night at a Family Dollar store in the West Englewood neighborhood.
“I saw the cashiers running out,” recalled Kevin Pride, 51 of Englewood, who was outside a nearby store during the incident. “They were screaming. Then police ran in. And then you the shots.’’
The incident began about 8:30 p.m. when Englewood District officers and Mobile Strike Force officers responded to a call of a robbery in progress at the Family Dollar Store at 63rd Street and Ashland Avenue, according to a statement from police News Affairs.
After they arrived at the scene, officers learned the suspect was still inside the store and found him armed with a weapon when they went inside, the statement said.
“Officers in fear of their lives fired their weapons and struck the offender,” fatally injuring the suspect, said James Jackson, an assistant superintendent for Chicago police.
Jerome Williams, 27, of 6434 S. Justine St. was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
No one else was hurt in the incident, the statement said.
Police later recovered a weapon at the scene, statement said.
Witnesses said they heard at least a dozen gunshots.
A four-year veteran assigned to the Mobile Strike Force was also shot in the incident, the statement said. He suffered a gunshot wound to the knee and is “going to be okay,” the statement said.
Service on the CTA Green Line, which is steps away from the site of the robbery and shooting, was temporarily affected during the incident but has returned to normal service early Tuesday, according to the CTA website.
Wentworth Area detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority -- which investigates all police-involved shootings -- are investigating.
--Sun-Times Media Wire, Sun-Times