CHICAGO — The off-duty Chicago police officer who was shot by a reputed gang member during a botched robbery in Clearing West earlier this week had his 2-year-old child in tow, police said Saturday.
Police say Mario Froylan, 27, of the western suburb of Summit, shot a cop in the chest and wrist after demanding his wallet as the officer had stepped out of the car to take his son out of his car seat on 6300 block of South Nashville Avenue on the Southwest Side.
The officer's wrist was broken, but police said the bullet allegedly fired by Froylan did not penetrate the officer's chest cavity.
The officer returned fire, and at least ten shots were fired between the officer and Froylan, Area Central Commander Anthony Riccio said Saturday. The child was not injured in the exchange, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said.
The offender then fled in a car and was apprehended by Chicago Police in Westmont Friday, Riccio said. Officers were able to piece together a series of surveillance videos in order to determine the car was headed to the suburbs and eventually catch Froylan, McCarthy said.
Froylan first escaped to Summit, where he had family close by, but eventually ended up in Westmont, police said.
Detectives have "significant forensic evidence" collected from the scene, and the investigation is still underway, McCarthy said.
Officers from Summit's police department were integral in capturing the offender, McCarthy said.
The injured officer is recovering well and even anxious to get back to work, McCarthy said.
Froylan, who police say is a documented gang member and is on parole, was due in court Saturday. He doesn't have a history of violence crime, McCarthy said. Froylan is also charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery.