Police in Chicago Suburb ‘Ambushed’ While Assisting Fire Dept.

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River Forest, IL

Authorities report that several police officers in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago, were “ambushed” by an armed assailant while assisting with a fire call for paramedics responding to a woman in distress.

The fire department got a call about a woman called complaining of “shortness of breath.”

Police joined the call, but when they got to the home an armed man opened fire on them.

Deputy Police Chief James O’Shea reported to the media that his officers returned fire, killing the shooter.

Officers were slightly wounded, one taking a shot to his bullet proof vest. Both received “non-life threatening injuries.”

Upon entering the home police discovered one dead resident and one wounded. Police found a dead 60-year-old male and a wounded 59-year-old female who is currently hospitalized.

Police believe that the 24-year-old shooter committed the crimes before officers arrived. The relationship between the shooter and those wounded in the home was not reported.

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