The handcuffed man kept “secret gun very close to his private area” and then used it against police: 3 officers wounded
An ordinary arrest of a suspected car thief almost ended in the murder of three Chicago officers. According to official information, 25-year-old Lovelle Jordan hid the pistol in a hard-to-reach place and during transportation to the police station, the suspect managed to remove the weapon and injure three officers.
A series of shots rang out when one of the police officers opened the door of the patrol car just in front of the precinct.
The incident took place near the 25th District police station at 5555 W. Grand Ave. around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. During the shootout, two officers received non-fatal wounds, the third was hit in the chin, and the victim is currently in the intensive care unit.
The suspect was also seriously injured. According to doctors, the shooter will most likely be paralyzed for the rest of his life.
Nobody expected the shooting to happen. Officers involved in arresting Jordan said the suspect was searched and no weapons were found.
“Jordan was searched before being transported, but police believe he had a gun “extremely secreted, probably very close to his private area” and was able to retrieve the weapon during the ride to the station,” Deputy Chief Brendan Deenihan said.
Investigators are studying the officers' bodycam footage to find out how they missed the weapon. Lovelle Jordan faces six counts of attempted murder as well as charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a weapon as a felon.
Today is a searing reminder of the danger our men and women of our Police Department face every day they put on their uniforms and leave their homes. This is the sacrifice they make in order to serve and protect our city and fellow residents.— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 30, 2020