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Cop beaten with baseball bat was trying to protect woman

TythiThigpen  |  Chicago Police photo

Tythia Thigpen | Chicago Police photo

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Updated: August 29, 2013 3:14PM

The uniformed Chicago Police officer who was viciously beaten by a baseball bat wielding man was trying save a woman from being hit by the man when he was whacked in the Englewood neighborhood over the weekend, Cook County prosecutors said.

When the officer tried to come to the aide of the woman who was allegedly being hit by Tythia Thigpen in the 5700 block of South Winchester, Thigpen took his bat and went after the cop early Saturday morning, Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Kent said.

Thigpen, 29, hit the cop twice in the head and was heard saying “f--- it” before he struck the officer again, Kent said.

When other officers arrived at the scene, they found the beaten cop lying face down on the concrete in a pool of blood desperately trying to stay conscious, Kent said.

The officer went into a seizure when he was being rushed to Stroger Hospital.

He suffered blunt trauma to the head, a brain bleed and bruised ribs, Kent said.

The officer has since been released and is “recovering well,” police said.

Before he was beaten, the officer, alone on routine traffic patrol, stopped at the Winchester address when he saw a group of people fighting in front of a home, Kent said.

He called for back up as he exited his car and ordered the crowd to disperse, Kent said.

A witness from the group saw Thigpen hit the woman with the bat and then saw the officer come to her aid before Thigpen hit the cop, Kent said.

Others also allegedly identified Thigpen as the officer’s attacker.

Thigpen showed a “complete and utter disregard” for human life when he went after the officer, Kent said as a red shorts, gray t-shirt clad Thigpen looked on in court Wednesday.

Thigpen, who lives in the same block where attack happened, was ordered held without bail for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery of a police officer and aggravated battery while using a deadly weapon.

He has a previous drug and weapons convictions.


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