A Chicago police officer was hit by a vehicle Friday night in Grant Park, prompting another officer to open fire, authorities said.
At approximately 8:10 p.m., officers patrolling the 1100 block of South DuSable Lake Shore Drive sighted a vehicle that was allegedly involved in the assault on an officer that occurred in early March, according to a statement the department released hours after Friday's meeting. .
Trying to escape, the driver of the car hit the pavement, backed up and hit an officer before taking off, police said. The officer's leg was broken.
Other officers then opened fire, but no one was hit, police said.
The fugitive's vehicle stopped at the 7200 block of South Vincennes Avenue, police said. All the passengers were arrested soon after.
The injured officer was taken to hospital in good condition.
The Civil Police Accountability Office, which investigates whenever an officer opens fire, is reviewing the use of force.
The CPD statement was unclear about where the officer “dropped his gun”.
Department policy prohibits officers from opening fire on a moving vehicle “unless such force is reasonably necessary to prevent death or grievous bodily injury to the sworn member or any other person.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact COPA at (312) 746-3609.