Man charged in shootout with off-duty CPD officer on Stevenson expressway; woman critically wounded

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 22-year-old man has been charged in connection with a shootout with an off-duty Chicago Police officer on the Stevenson Expressway, which left a woman critically wounded.

Illinois State Police stated, shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, troopers responded to a taking pictures in the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 close to Archer Avenue.

According to a Chicago Police Department report on the incident, an off-duty CPD officer was driving on the expressway when somebody in a blue Nissan Maxima pointed a laser sight at him, and began taking pictures.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown confirmed Monday morning that the off-duty officer returned hearth.

During the shootout, the motive force of the Nissan Maxima, a 24-year-old woman was shot in the pinnacle. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in vital situation.

The passenger in the Nissan Maxima, 22-year-old David Abarca, was taken into custody, and a Glock 17 that had been modified to fireplace routinely was recovered from the car. Lab exams confirmed Abarca had gunshot residue on his arms, based on a CPD arrest report.

Abarca has been charged with one rely every of tried homicide, aggravated illegal use of a weapon, and aggravated discharge of a firearm, and is being held with out bail.

Neither Illinois State Police nor Chicago Police have stated who fired the shot that wounded the woman. According to the arrest report, the tried homicide cost stems from the photographs Abarca allegedly fired on the officer.

Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan declined to offer additional particulars on the incident, referring inquiries to Illinois State Police, who had been investigating as a result of the shootout occurred on an expressway.

Illinois State Police didn’t instantly reply to requests for clarification on who shot the woman.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is also investigating.

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