A licensed gun owner was acclaimed Thursday for his role in helping police in the suburbs of Chicago stop a suspect who shot an automatic weapon, officials said.
Officials praised the named civilian for their actions as they stood outside a hospital where Cicero police officer Luis Duarte, 31, was in operation for four shooting bombings hit the shot, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
"We were lucky enough to have a citizen on the street, there is a hidden carrier, and he is also involved in shooting," said Cicero police superintendent Jerry Chlada Jr.
"We were lucky enough to have a citizen on the street, there is someone who is a hidden carrier, and he is also involved in shooting. "
The chaos expired shortly after 17:00 when Duarte, a four-year veteran in the department, and his partner tried to pull over a vehicle in Cicero for a routine traffic jam. The driver instead took on a ramp that led to Interstate 55, in Chicago's city limits.
Officers boxed the vehicle in traffic and suspected and started firing the automatic weapon against them as he fled on foot, Fox 32 Chicago reported. The officers came back.
The hidden owner then got out of his vehicle and started shooting suspiciously.
"He went out and started helping the police, which is something I have to be proud of, "Cicero Town President Larry Dominick told the Sun Times.
"He went out and started helping the police, which is something I have to be proud of."
Duarte suffered wounds on one arm, a leg and the abdomen but talked and warned before surgery, officials said.
The suspect was taken to a hospital and was listed in serious condition. His weapon was found on stage.
Illinois State Police investigates the use of force by the officers.