In a scene like something out of Heat, Chicago police shot three burglary suspects during a dramatic getaway attempt in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side, the Chicago Tribune reports. One suspect was killed in the incident and two were injured.
At around 2:30 a.m., police responded to a report of a burglary of an electronics store on Western Avenue. After police spotted three men in the store, they announced their presence, knocked on the doors, and tried to get the suspects to surrender. The suspects, however, weren’t willing to give up that easy.
The suspects got into a car belonging to the owner of the store that was parked within the building. They then reportedly drove the car straight through a metal door, swerving into an officer and a squad car outside.
According to police, the suspects then drove straight toward several officers. The officers opened fire on the car, killing one man and wounding the two others. The two wounded suspects and the injured officer were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Police found stolen electronics and other goods inside the car.
Under Illinois’ criminal code, a person commits burglary when he enters a structure, motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft without permission with the intent to commit a felony or theft. Burglary is a Class 2 felony, unless it’s committed in a day care center or child care facility. In that case, it’s a Class 1 felony. The surviving suspects will likely be charged with robbery because they reportedly entered the electronics store without authorization with the intent to commit larceny.
“You’d think (the suspects have) been watching the movies because they think they can drive through an iron door and still manage to get away when the police are telling them to give it up,” Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, said. The Independent Police Review Authority has opened an investigation into the shooting of the burglary suspects.
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