BREAKING: Driver Shot by Chicago Cop Outside Kohl’s in Black Friday Shoplifting GlitchPosted: November 29, 2013
A driver believed to be involved in a Black Friday shoplifting scheme was shot by police after dragging a police officer in a parking lot outside a Romeoville department store late Thursday, authorities said.
About 10 p.m. police responded to a report of men stealing clothing from the Kohl’s store at 261 S. Weber Road, Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey said.
Officers chased two suspects who were seen fleeing the store toward a Pontiac Sunfire waiting outside, Turvey said. An officer became involved in a struggle and was partially caught in the car, Turvey said.
The driver of the car ignored commands to stop and dragged the officer, police said. A second officer nearby fired a shot at the driver, striking him in the shoulder, Turvey said. The injured officer and the driver were hospitalized with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, police said.
Adam Sege and Juan Perez Jr. report: The driver is in police custody, as are two additional suspects, police said.
Despite the shooting, shoppers were still browsing the aisles of the store where police had marked off a crime scene with orange cones out front. An unmarked police car was parked inside that boundary, behind a black Pontiac sedan with bullet holes visible in its rear driver’s-side window. Shoppers used their cell phones to snap pictures of the scene.
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