A Chicago Police Officer shot a man after the man hit him with his car in a Church's Chicken parking lot at Roosevelt & Independence . Sunday, November 4, 2012 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times
Updated: November 5, 2012 7:10AM
Police on the West Side shot and critically injured a man who tried to run over an officer with a car in the Lawndale neighborhood Sunday night, authorities said.
Authorities were searching for the man -- who police have not identified -- after he allegedly abducted his 2-year-old child from southwest suburban Bridgeview.
After being informed of an Amber alert for the child, officers spotted the man and the child at a Church’s Chicken restaurant near West Roosevelt Road and South Independence Boulevard about 7 p.m., police said. The man was allegedly trying to buy drugs in the area, said Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 spokesman Pat Camden.
Officers confronted the man in the parking lot of the restaurant, authorities said, and the man and the child got into a burgundy sedan.
As police approached the sedan, the man drove toward an officer, striking him and flinging the 16-year police veteran onto the hood of the car, Camden said. The officer -- fearing for his life -- fired shots at the car, striking the man, according to a preliminary statement issued by Chicago police.
The man, who was shot in the head, was taken in critical condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, authorities said.
The officer, who is 40 years old, suffered a broken leg with multiple fractures and was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries for treatment, authorities said.
The baby, who was found in the back seat of the car, was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, authorities said. The child suffered minor injuries during the incident, according to the department statement.
Investigators with the Independent Police Review Authority, which probes police-involved shootings, were at the scene collecting details, said agency spokesman Larry Merritt.
The shooting caused the Chicago Transit Authority to temporarily reroute the No. 12 Roosevelt bus, according to an alert from the transit agency. Buses resumed normal routes early Monday morning, according to a release by the CTA.