Chicago police officers killed by train while responding to shooting

Dec 19, 2018, 02:44
Chicago police officers killed by train while responding to shooting

Chicago Police Officers Eduardo Marmolejo, left, and Conrad Gary, were killed Monday night when they were chasing a suspect with a gun and they were hit by a train.

ABC 7 reports that the officers, 31-year-old Conrad Gary and 36-year-old Eduardo Marmolejo, were chasing "a suspect up to the train tracks at 103rd and Cottage Grove Avenue" when a train bound for IN struck and killed them.

While searching for the suspect, they were hit by an southbound train at 6:20 p.m.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks about securit during a news conference Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Chicago.

The investigation was still in the early stages and that more details would be released at a later time.

Gary had been on the force for 18 months, and Marmolejo for 2 1/2 years, according to the Chicago Police Department.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city had lost "two young men, both fathers with young families".

"There are no words that can express the grief, the sense of loss".

"The team at the South Shore Line sends our deepest condolences to the families of the two Chicago Police Department officers who lost their lives today. It just knocks you back on your heels".

Chicago police use so-called ShotSpotter technology, or sensors that monitor for the sound of gunfire and alert police.

The two Chicago police officers who died Monday are among four killed while on duty this year.

Mr Johnson said the two officers went to the scene Monday after an alert went out.

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'It just highlights again how unsafe this job can be.

"It just highlights, again, how risky this job can be - I often say the most unsafe thing a police officer can do is take a weapon off of an armed individual, and that's what they were doing with no regard for their own safety", stated Supt.

The tragedy began when the officers were responding to a call of shots fired in the area of 101st and Dauphine.

The Calumet District where Monday's deaths occurred has had a particularly tragic year with two officers taking their own lives in the parking lot of the station and another who passed away after a heart attack while on duty in the station.

The gunman in that incident fatally shot himself after being shot by police.

On February 13, Commander Paul Bauer was gunned down while chasing a suspect into a stairwell outside the Thompson Center in The Loop.

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