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Old 07-31-2020, 11:04 AM
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Default 3 cops wounded after prisoner, Jigro Lovelle a paroled felon — opens fire at Chicago police station


Man charged in shooting at Northwest Side police station

Lovelle Jordan, 25, who was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire and remained hospitalized, faces charges of attempted murder.

Updated Jul 31, 2020, 11:18am CDT

A convicted felon is facing new charges in connection with a gun battle outside a Northwest Side police station that left three officers wounded Thursday morning.

Lovelle Jordan, 25, who was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire and remained hospitalized in critical condition, faces a laundry list of charges.

According to police, Jordan was charged with six counts of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of being an armed habitual criminal, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

“He tried to kill six police officers,” Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said during a news conference Friday morning.

3 cops wounded after prisoner — a paroled felon — opens fire at Chicago police station

Deenihan said officers were called about 9 a.m. Thursday to investigate a suspicious vehicle in the 4800 block of West North Avenue. The car, a Porsche, was unoccupied at the time and officers checked the car’s VIN and found it was reported stolen.

The car, Deenihan said, was recently taken in an armed carjacking.

While officers were in and around the car, Jordan “walked right up,” entered the Porsche and tried to drive away, Deenihan said, adding much of the interaction was captured on video.

“It just shows how emboldened these criminals are,” Deenihan said. “The cops are right there, and he just jumps in this vehicle and tries to start it and drive away.”

Responding officers quickly moved to detain Jordan, who was wrestling with the officers trying to arrest him, Deenihan said. Once handcuffed, with his hands behind his back, Jordan pleaded with officers to let him move his hands to the front of his body. Officers said no.

Though officers requested a squadrol police van to transport Jordan to the 25th District station, a CPD SUV equipped with a backseat cage was in the area. Jordan was put in the SUV and taken to the station.

While in the SUV, Deenihan said, Jordan was able to move his hands to the front of his body. Then he pulled an “extremely secreted” gun, which was stolen, from his “private area.”

Once at the sally port — a secure interior area where prisoners are moved from police vehicles into the station — of the 25th District, an officer opened the back door of the SUV and Jordan opened fire, Deenihan said.

One officer was shot in the chin. Two officers suffered less serious wounds. One was shot in his protective vest, but the bullet didn’t penetrate; the other officer was wounded in the hip. Two other officers were taken to a hospital for chest pains.

Deenihan, who said Jordan was searched before he was placed in the SUV, also gave a full-throated defense of the actions of all officers involved.

“They didn’t do anything wrong,” he said. “It’s the offender’s actions that lead to this officer getting shot.”

The most seriously wounded officer is still sedated but is “doing well,” Deenihan said.

Court records show Jordan was paroled from prison in April after he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a gun. Deenihan said Jordan was on electronic monitoring until last month.

Jordan has also been convicted of aggravated assault with a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing/delivering cocaine.
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