Gunfire exchange during Forest Park traffic stop leaves Oak Park officer, driver injured. Cop in ‘serious but stable’ condition.

Gunfire exchange during Forest Park traffic stop leaves Oak Park officer, driver injured. Cop in ‘serious but stable’ condition.
Clare Proctor, Chicago Tribune
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An Oak Park police officer was in serious condition after exchanging gunfire with a driver who was also injured following a Thursday morning traffic stop on Harlem Avenue above the Eisenhower Expressway, officials said.

About 7 a.m., an Oak Park officer was assisting Forest Park police at a traffic stop on Harlem above the expressway, said Oak Park village spokesman David Powers. The driver of the pulled-over vehicle got out of his car and began shooting and the Oak Park officer returned fire, Powers said.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Christopher Watson said the police officer was in “serious but stable condition,” while the driver of the car was reported to be in stable condition. Both were transported to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Watson said Oak Park police requested the Illinois State Police to assist with the shooting.

“The (state police) public integrity task force is handling the use of force investigation,” Watson said.

Harlem Avenue and the westbound I-290 ramp to Harlem were both closed for several hours as authorities conducted an investigation at the scene. The roadway and expressway ramps were reopened to traffic at about 12:30 p.m., officials said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Oak Park Police Department at 708-386-3800. Crime tips may also be provided anonymously at 708-434-1636 or online at www.oak-park.us/crimetip.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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