CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A 26-year old Maywood man has been charged with the attempted murder of three police officers after a gun battle with police on the Northwest Side.
Lovelle Jordan is charged with attempted murder, aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting an officer.
The confrontation unfolded this way on Wednesday morning, according to Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan:
Two officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the 4800 block of West North Avenue. While they were sitting in their squad car behind what turned out to be a stolen white Porsche, Jordan jumped into the sports car and tried to flee.
"It just shows how emboldened these criminals are,” Deenihan said Friday, as police announced charges.
Jordan was arrested and handcuffed behind his back, after struggling with the officers and demanding to be handcuffed in the front, Deenihan said.
The officers called for a patrol wagon to take Jordan to the 25th District police station. Before a wagon arrived, a squad car with a cage showed up first and the police officer offered to take the suspect to the station.
While being transported to the police station, Jordan apparently was able to get his arms from behind his back to the front of his body, Deenihan said.
The chief says the 26-year old parolee had apparently hidden a gun in his pants, "probably very close to his private area." Jordan opened fire when the officer opened the rear door at the station, he said.
The officer was shot in the chin, and bullet fragments went into his esophagus. The officer remains sedated and "is not out of the woods," according to Deenihan.
Other officers began returning fire, hitting Jordan "multiple times.” Jordan is hospitalized in critical condition and may be paralyzed from the chest down, Deenihan said.
Two other officers who had been wounded have been released from the hospital.
Jordan had been let out of prison in April and was released from electronic monitoring in June, Deenihan said.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating.