Suspect arrested, charged with the firing of the shot that drew 2 Chicago police in the path of the oncoming train: police

Edward R. Brown, 24, was charged on Wednesday with reckless discharge of a weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, reports said.
(Chicago Police Department)

A man was charged Wednesday for firing a gun near Chicago railroad, where two police officers were fatally struck by a train, reports said.

Edward R. Brown, 24, was charged with reckless discharge of a weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Officers Eduardo Marmolejo, 36, and Conrad Gary, 31, were killed Monday night while trying to find the person who the weapon is fired.

The officers had to run at a higher area of the tracks on the city’s far South, to investigate the gunfire. A northbound Metra train had approached for them, but it was the South Shore Line train which she had not noticed, the Chicago Tribune reported.

When South Chicago District officers saw Brown walk down the stairs of the train station, Metra, they stopped him and asked him if he anything illegal, to which he said, “Yes, I have a gun on me,” Chicago Police spokesman Anthony guglielmi said, according to the Tribune.

The police found a .38-caliber Kel-Tec semi-automatic pistol on the Brown jersey pocket. The suspect admitted to shooting the gun on the tracks, the local newspapers reported, quoting the officials.

At least four shell casings were also recovered, Fox 32 Chicago reported.

Shotspotter technology had detected the sound of gunfire and warned the police about shots fired in the area.

The agents were directed to the other train coming from the opposite direction, officials said.

“They must have thought that the sound that she heard was the train in northern direction,” he said. “They must have missed the sound of the train that is right behind them.”


Between the sound of the first train and focus on their research, they were not able to move from the tracks.

“These brave young men were consumed with the recognition of a potential threat,” Superintendent Eddie Johnson explained to journalists during a press conference late Monday night.

Chicago Police Officer Eduardo Marmolejo, pictured, and the Officer Conrad Gary were fatally struck by a train as they investigated a report of gunfire on the city’s far South, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Chicago.
(Chicago Police Department via AP)

Guglielmi said “very limited” video from a body camera, one of the officers was helped with the transfer of researchers to piece together how the tragedy might have happened.

On the video, they “clearly state” in northern direction the train just before the southbound train hit them, guglielmi said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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