Two Chicago cops killed in 'devastating tragedy' after they get hit by train while chasing armed suspect on tracks
The officers, identified as 37-year-old Eduardo Marmolejo and 31-year-old Conrad Gary, were reportedly pursuing a person after reports of gunshots in the city's far South Side
Two Chicago police officers died after getting hit by a train on Monday while they were chasing down a suspect following a report of gunshots in the city's far South Side.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the officers, identified as 37-year-old Eduardo Marmolejo and 31-year-old Conrad Gary, were reportedly pursuing a person headed toward the train tracks and were hit by a commuter train as it passed through the area after 6 pm.
Johnson, during a press conference, said that the train was going at a high speed when it struck the law enforcement officers. He added that there was no stop at that location, so the train was going somewhere between 60 and 70 miles per hour.
The police superintendent, while talking about the officers' experience in the department, said that Marmolejo had been with the department for two-and-a-half years and Gary for 18 months, according to the Daily Mail.
The police department's spokesperson, Anthony Guglielmi, on Monday tweeted: "A devastating tragedy occurred tonight at 103rd and Cottage Grove where two officers investigating a shots fired call were struck by a passing train. Please pray for the 5th district."
Guglielmi later updated that the suspect in the case was caught and a weapon was recovered from his person.
"A weapon was recovered and a person of interest is being questioned at the site where two newly appointment officers lost their lives protecting their community from a gunman," Guglielmi added on Twitter.
The police spokesperson, on Tuesday morning, said that the officers would personally remove their bodies from the track.
"To demonstrate our highest honors, the #ChicagoPolice Bureau Chiefs and District Commamders will join detectives to personally retrieve Officers Marmolejo & Gordon from the railway. Commander Joel Howard will lead the procession to the Medical Examiner's Office upon completion," Guglielmi said.
Police superintendent Johnson said that the two officers went to the scene on Monday after a "ShotSpotter" alert went out. The technology has sensors which are used to monitor for the sound gunfire and alert officials.
"It just highlights again how dangerous this job can be. I often say that the most dangerous thing a police officer can do is take a weapon off of an armed individual," Johnson said.