The police in Chicago have released body cam footage of three of Its officers and a suspect. The video shows the suspect pulling into an alley , with a lone driver In a car. The officers stopped their SUV and started walking toward the suspect’s car. Just before they got there, they began yelling for the driver to remain in the car. Suddenly, he opened the car door and he fired and hit one of the officers.
He jumped out of the car and fired at a second officer. The police officer who was standing on the passenger side of the car was able to fire and the suspect collapsed with two bullets in the chest. The shootout occurred on June 5th of this year. The video is very graphic and you should consider that before deciding whether to view it or not.
Jerome Halsey, 27, was pulled over by police in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Halsey had entered an alley with the officers in an unmarked SUV right behind him. They blocked Halsey in and the three of them in full uniform walked towards the vehicle and that’s when the shooting took place.
Police bodycam video of the downed officer shows him taking cover behind the SUV with his blood falling onto the pavement beside him. Once the shooting was over and the suspect was on the ground, one of the officers came over and placed a tourniquet on the wounded officer’s arm to stop the bleeding.
Officer Erik Moreno was shot in the forearm, shoulder, and chest. Moreno and Halsey were taken to the hospital. Moreno was discharged from the hospital last week.
The traffic stop was initiated because Halsey’s vehicle had a broken brake light. Prosecutors told WFLD that police officers got out of their car “with their weapons upholstered” because of Halsey’s erratic driving.
Police said they found a bag containing several extended magazines in his car.
Halsey’s attorney offered up a defense that the driver didn’t know it was police officers, and to him it was “just an SUV of three people … following him into an alley, getting out of their car with weapons drawn.”