Police video: Suspect smuggles weapon into cruiser

(NewsNation) – New video from Chicago police shows officers responding to gunfire after a suspect allegedly concealed a weapon while in police custody.

In a video released last week, officers discovered carjacking suspect Lovelle Jordan after a drive-thru at Porsche alerted dispatchers to the location of a stolen car.

Footage shows officers asking Jordan if he has any weapons on him. Police reported finding a cellphone and drugs in Jordan.

Officers placed Jordan in handcuffs and took him to the police station for booking. But police missed a handgun they say Jordan had in his pants when he was arrested.

Investigators say Jordan managed to move his hand, which was still handcuffed, from behind his back, grabbing the gun and firing when an officer went to take him to a holding cell. From there, the officer stood up and fired back. Other officers also shot Jordan.

“You know, when you do an incidental search to stop like that, it’s more invasive than a pat down search. You can do a much deeper search. So yes, it failed. But this thing happened because a suspect chose to shoot a police officer. Yes, the officer made a mistake. But the reason this thing happened is because the suspect chose to do what he did,” NewsNation contributor and former police officer Sean Larkin said when analyzing the video Monday on NewsNation’s “Dan Abrams Live.”

Colleagues helped the injured officer by using his shirt to apply pressure to his neck before paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.

Another officer was shot in the hip and a third officer was hit in the tactical vest. Both officers were treated and discharged from hospital the same day.

Jordan was paralyzed during the shooting and has since died. Prior to his death, he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and aggravated battery against an officer and was sentenced to 31 years in prison.


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