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Licensed gun owner aids Illinois police in a gunfight with the suspect; 1 officer injured

Thursday, chaos broke out just after 5 a.m. when Officer Luis Duarte, a four-year veteran of the Cicero, Ill., strength, and his partner tried to pull over a vehicle in Cicero for a routine traffic stop, authorities said.

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A licensed gun owner, was greeted Thursday for his role in helping police in a suburb of Chicago stop a suspect who was firing an automatic weapon, the officials said.

Officials praised the unnamed civilian for his actions as they stood outside a hospital, where a Cicero police officer Luis Duarte, 31, was undergoing a surgery for four gunshot wounds suffered during the shootout, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

A man with a concealed-carry license has been praised for coming to the aid of Cicero police who were involved in a shootout with a man who shot and injured an officer in the vicinity of the Stevenson Expressway, authorities said. @mitchtrout and @MHendricksonCST report.https://t.co/qjsYVB0AHr

— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) September 14, 2018

“We were lucky to have a citizen on the street is, that is a concealed-carry holder, and he is also engaged with gunfire,” said Cicero police Superintendent Jerry Chlada Jr.

“We were lucky to have a citizen on the street is, that is a concealed-carry holder, and he is also engaged with gunfire.”

– Director Jerry Chlada Jr., Cicero (Ill.) police

The chaos broke out just after 5 a.m. when Duarte, a four-year veteran of the department, and his partner tried to pull over a vehicle in Cicero for a routine traffic stop. The driver instead took on a ramp that leads to Interstate 55 in Chicago’s city limits.

The officers boxed the vehicle in traffic and the suspect got out and began firing the automatic weapon at them as he fled on foot, Fox 32 Chicago reported. The officers returned fire.

Cicero police officer shot, suspect in custody https://t.co/Y0u7K1O9sO @RaferWeigel reports pic.twitter.com/E0RtWGiKr8

— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) September 14, 2018

The concealed-carry owner, then got out of his car and started shooting at the suspect.

“He got out and started with the help of the police, that is something I have to be proud of,” Cicero town President Larry Dominick told the Sun-Times.

“He got out and started with the help of the police, that is something I have to be proud of.”

– Cicero town President Larry Dominick

The suspect was hit, but it was not clear whether the bullet came from the officers or the concealed-carry holder.

Duarte suffered injuries to an arm, a leg and his abdomen, but was talking and alert ahead of the operation, the officials said.

The suspect was transported to the hospital and listed in serious condition. His weapon was found at the scene.

Illinois State Police are investigating the police use of violence.

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