Two Chicago police officers killed by train
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 19, 2018,
Dec 19, 2018, 2:45
At 6:20 p.m. Monday, two Chicago police officers chasing an armed suspect on foot were struck by the Shore Shore Line's eastbound train No. 119, according to Metra spokeswoman Sylvia Cooper.
Superintendent Johnson says the officers were so focused on the job at hand that they did not realize a train was barreling toward them on the tracks at an estimated speed of 60-70 miles per hour. He said the investigation was still in the early stages and that more details would be released at a later time.
Johnson added 2018 has been an "immensely difficult" year for Chicago police, noting an increase in officer suicides as well as officers killed in the field, ABC7 reported.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson expressed his "shock" at the officers' death.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city had lost "two young men, both fathers with young families". "It just knocks you back on your heels".
Chicago police use ShotSpotter technology - sensors that monitor for the sound of gunfire and alert police.
Mr Johnson said the two officers went to the scene Monday after an alert went out.
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It's a sad, yet honest reminder of the unsafe job that officers do every day.
"A weapon was recovered and a person of interest is being questioned at the site where two newly appointment #ChicagoPolice officers lost their lives protecting their community from a gunman", Guglielmi said.
The officers were responding to reports of shots fired when the tragedy occurred. All five are from the 5th District and all have died this year, two in the line of duty, two from suicide and a fifth collapsed while on the job.
Four Chicago police officers now have been killed in the line of duty this year.
The officers killed were relatively new members of the department.
Samuel Jimenez was killed in a mass shooting at a hospital in near South Side in November, while Paul Bauer was shot while chasing a suspect downtown.
"It's really important to put our arms around the Chicago Police Department and hold them up at this critical juncture", Emanuel said.
The shooter also killed two other people - his ex-fiancee who was an emergency room doctor and a pharmacy resident - before taking his own life.