Police: Zion officer shot man fleeing traffic stop - FOX 32 News Chicago

Police: Zion officer shot man fleeing traffic stop

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ZION, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A man was shot by Zion police and three officers were hospitalized with injuries after the man allegedly fled a north suburban traffic stop Tuesday afternoon, the Lake County News-Sun is reporting.

The incident began at 4 p.m. near the intersection of 26th Street and Lewis Avenue, police said. An officer pulled over a vehicle for an undisclosed reason and approached the 26-year-old male driver and a female passenger, according to police.

The driver sped away, which injured one of the officers.

“It was a short pursuit,” Zion Deputy Chief Kirk Henderson said.

An officer shot the fleeing suspect, who went into surgery yesterday and does not have a life-threatening injury, Henderson said. A police officer is guarding the hospital room.

Henderson did not say how the other two officers were injured. He would only say, “It was a stressful situation.”

All three police officers were treated and released from a local hospital.

“We’re very fortunate in that respect,” Henderson said.

For a short time, police were looking for the passenger after she ran from the car as well. Henderson said she was caught just down the road and is currently in custody, though no charges have been filed.

“There is nobody at large,” Henderson said. “Everyone that needs to be detained and interviewed has been.”

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force, which conducts independent investigations of all officer-involved shootings, is reviewing the incident.

No Zion officers were shot, Henderson said.

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