A man has been shot after breaking into a Chicago Police Department training facility and pointing a gun at cops, according to reports.
The incident occurred at the CPD’s Homan Square evidence facility on the West Side of Chicago Monday.
The armed intruder entered the building during a training exercise and, at first, the police weren’t sure if the man was part of the training.
When the cops realized he was not part of the SWAT training, a Chicago Police officer shot the intruder in the face.
According to WGN:
“Members of the CPD’s SWAT team were conducting a training exercise at the department’s Homan Square facility Monday morning.
“As part of the training, officers were asked to put their guns on a table in a room on the building’s fifth floor, sources said.
“A civilian who was at Homan Square to pick up some personal property then climbed up the fire escape on the west side of the building until he reached the SWAT training area, police sources said.
“He re-entered the building and grabbed at least two guns off the table.
“A SWAT officer confronted the man and told him to drop the guns, sources said.
“When the man refused, the SWAT officer shot him in the face,” WGN reported.
One officer was injured and was taken to the hospital but authorities said the cop was not shot.
The intruder was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, police said.
His injuries weren’t thought to be life-threatening.
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According to The Chicago Sun-Times:
An officer was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center but did not suffer a gunshot wound, the fire department said.
The nature of the officer’s injuries weren’t immediately known.
After the shooting, officers cordoned off streets and directed traffic around the Homan Square facility, a former Sears, Roebuck & Co. warehouse.
A police spokeswoman urged members of the media not to photograph officers around the facility because they may be working undercover or doing other sensitive work.
The Homan Square compound houses the police department’s Evidence and Recovered Property Section and also serves as a hub for undercover operations and the counterterrorism bureau.