The Currency Exchange at the corner of W. 71st Street and S. Wentworth Avenue where a retired Chicago Police officer was shot multiple times after trying to intervene during an attempted robbery early this morning.

CHICAGO - Chicago Police reported one of their own retired officers was shot multiple times after he intervened in an attempted robbery early this morning on the city's south side.

The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on the 7100 block of S. Wentworth Avenue in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the city's south side.

Authorities said a 58-year-old female employee of the Currency Exchange, located at the corner of W. 71st Street and S. Wentworth Avenue, was outside the store and opening the door to the business to start the day when an unidentified offender approached her, pulled a firearm, and announced a robbery. At that time, a 60-year-old male intervened and announced himself as working security, according to a police report obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.[1] That 60-year-old male victim is reportedly a retired Chicago Police officer, according to Chicago Police.

A gray Dodge Durango then pulled up nearby and an exchange of gunfire ensued between the unidentified suspects in the vehicle and the retired officer. The initial robbery suspect jumped in the Durango and fled.

While it's still unknown if the officer struck either of the offenders with his own gunfire, the retired officer was reportedly shot six times to his body. CBSChicago's Marissa Parra said her team counted at least 13 evidence markers of spent shell casings.

The retired officer was taken to University of Chicago Hospital where he is reportedly in serious condition this afternoon. The 58-year-old female victim was not injured in the aftermath.

Chicago Police Deputy Chief Fred Melean gave the media a brief update on the incident, saying in part, "The officer's actions are heroic. Even as a retired officer, he did his best and he did his job and he saved that person's life."

Though there is no one is in custody at this time, Melean said they are looking for three suspects, and know at least two to be armed.

Area One detectives continue to investigate the incident.

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Notes & References

  1. Struett, David. “Retired Chicago Cop Shot 6 Times Trying to Stop Robbery at Englewood Currency Exchange, Officials Say.” Times. Chicago Sun-Times, September 1, 2022. ↩︎