Off-Duty Chicago Officer Killed After Police Chase

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CHICAGO (WGN) An off-duty Chicago Police officer was killed this morning after a police pursuit that started in Calumet Park ended in a multi-vehicle crash.

Around 12:55 a.m., a white van being pursued by Calumet Park police exited off the Dan Ryan Expressway at 87th Street and hit a 42 year-old off-duty Chicago Police officer’s black Lexus at the intersection of 87th and Lafayette Chicago Police said.

The woman driving the van was taken into custody along with a male passenger Calumet Park Police Chief Mark A. Davis said.

Police found a small quantity of marijuana inside the van but the reason the vehicle was being pursued was still unknown.

Chicago Police continue to investigate.

The officer was a 10-year veteran of the department. Police said he had been headed home after a shift on his saturation team, a unit tasked with patrolling particularly high-violence areas. He was believed to be in uniform at the time of the crash.

He is survived by a wife and two children.

Posted by Greg Palmer