By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Northwest Chicago tower, image created 2012, CC By SA 3.0 license
A man has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a Chicago police officer on the Northwest Side on Monday, June 8. Chicago Sun-Times names the shooter as Lovell Polk, age 33. Polk has been charged with both attempted murder and the unlawful use of a firearm by a felon. Both of these acts are themselves felonies. Mr. Polk is from the Austin area, Chicago.
Chicago Sun-Times reports that officers responded to an emergency services call at 12:20 am regarding a man firing “three or four rounds” from a handgun. The make and model of the handgun has not been specified on the record. Polk was shooting the firearm into the ground. He was discharging the weapon during a domestic dispute. The domestic dispute occurred in the 500 block of North Leamington Avenue. This is citing the Chicago police department.
Polk fled the residence when police arrived at the scene, but reentered it through a basement door while police were still at the scene. At some interval after Polk reentered the residence, he allegedly fired a shot at an officer standing at the top of the residence’s stairs. The shot hit the officer in his shoulder. The officer’s protective vest was able to stop the bullet, and he returned fire on the suspect. No one is reported hit by the officer’s return fire. The 30-year-old officer was transported to an area hospital and is reported in good condition.Polk was to appear in bond court on Tuesday.
WGN-TV corroborated the reports from the Chicago Sun-Times regarding Mr. Polk’s officer shooting. The shooting occurred in a South Austin neighborhood, citing WGN-TV. WGN-TV also reports that Polk fled the residence a second time after gunfire was exchanged with the police officer. He was eventually located in the 300 block of North Latrobe and was taken into custody.
The incident between Mr. Lovell Polk and the police officer, who was not named on the record, comes amid the critical civil rights protests and riots in Chicago. Civil rights protests have escalated to a severe degree following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The incident in South Austin on June 8 follows a grisly few weeks of murder and mayhem in Chicago. On May 31, 18 people were murdered consecutively in the bloodiest day of Chicago’s homicidal history for at least 60 years, citing the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, himself an African American, has not yet issued a public statement via his official Twitter regarding the events of Memorial Day weekend. Superintendent Brown did, however, speak with the press regarding riots on May 30, one day before the blitz murder spree. He has since been active on social media sharing tweets regarding positive encounters between Chicago citizens and Chicago police. Superintendent Brown shared photos of peaceful protests that occurred in Uptown on June 1.
The Chicago Police Department has itself not addressed via social media the incident with Mr. Polk, but has elected to focus on peaceful protests.