Chicago officers shot an intruder who climbed 5 floors on an emergency exit and infiltrated a SWAT formation


A SWAT training session at a Chicago police facility turned into a real-life dangerous situation Monday morning when a man climbed five stories up an emergency exit and entered the training room, officials said.

After entering through a door that had been left open, the man grabbed at least two firearms that did not contain live ammunition from a table in the room and pointed them at officers, the superintendent of police said. of Chicago, David Brown, at a press conference.

The suspect, whom police did not name, was shot by officers and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, Brown said.

The incident began when the man approached the building and asked a guard where he could retrieve personal property, Brown said.

Instead of heading for the public entrance, the man then walked around the Homan Square building until he reached an outside fire escape and climbed to the fifth floor.

“There is a SWAT formation on the fifth floor, and the exterior door to that formation is kept open because there are no windows or ventilation on that particular floor,” Brown explained.

Officers saw the man enter the training area and grab two weapons from a table, the superintendent said.

“It was firearms that were being monitored,” Brown said. “Obviously someone coming from a stairwell outside surprised everyone.”

Officers in the training room notified other armed officers in the building who immediately responded and shot the suspect, Brown said, without specifying where the suspect was shot.

An officer suffered a sprained ankle while responding to the incident, Brown said.

The Civil Police Accountability Office (COPA) is investigating the shooting.


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