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COPA releases video of 2020 incident in which suspect shot three officers outside Grand Central District Station

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Civilian Police Accountability Office on Wednesday released body camera video and other documents of a 2020 incident at the Grand Central (25th) District Police Station in which three officers were shot .

Police returned fire and shot the suspect, Lovelle Jordan, during the incident on July 30, 2020.

Jordan was arrested around 9am that morning in the 4800 block of West North Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood, after police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle and spotted an unoccupied white Porsche which was stolen in an armed carjacking last month, police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said at the time.

As officers processed the vehicle, Jordan approached the car and got in.

“He walks up to the Porsche, and he gets into the Porsche, trying to get away,” Deenihan said at the time.

Deenihan said officers immediately jumped out of their patrol car and attempted to drag Jordan out of the Porsche. Deenihan said Jordan had a hard time with police, who handcuffed him behind his back and took him to Grand Central District Station in a marked SUV with a cage in the back.

Body camera video shows Jordan on the ground in handcuffs at the scene. Jordan says he has third degree burns on his body and complains about the handcuffs. He asks the officers to handcuff him from the front rather than the back, and the officers repeatedly refuse.

Officers search Jordan and find his phone, cash, and marijuana, but no weapon.

Deenihan said the officers who arrested Jordan searched him and found cash and drugs, but did not find a weapon he had hidden on his person.

“It appears that the defendant had the top secret weapon, probably very close to his private area, and unfortunately he was able to pull that weapon out while being transported and then shoot that officer in the face just as the officer opens the car,” Deenihan said.

When police arrived at the station’s exit port at 5555 W. Grand Ave and an officer opened the door of the SUV to take Jordan inside, Jordan shot the officer in the chin. The officer fell backwards and Deenihan said that was when Jordan and other officers outside the station engaged in a firefight.

According to sources, between Jordan and the officers more than 50 shots were fired.

Several videos released by COPA document the shooting. An officer who was shot, and who also fired the shots himself, is seen injured on the ground as gunshots ring out. Meanwhile, another officer, calling 10-1, shouts that an officer is down and has been shot in the chest and orders Jordan to drop his gun. This officer also fires many bullets.

This officer repeatedly orders the suspect to show his hands and later announces that the suspect is down, but still has his gun.

A wounded officer is then seen being treated in the out port amid a rash of unrest and calls for an ambulance.

Jordan was charged with six counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, two counts of drug possession, one count of charge of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, one count of being a habitually armed criminal and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

Last month he was sentenced to 31 years in prison.


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