Kohl's Shooting: Fleeing Thanksgiving Shoplifting Suspect Wounded

Monday, 02 Dec 2013 09:06 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A shooting occurred at a Kohl's department store outside Chicago on Thanksgiving night that left a shoplifting suspected wounded and a police officer dragged by a car.

A 52-year-old driver, whose identity was not released by police, was shot in the arm and remains hospitalized after reportedly attempting to flee the scene with an accomplice who was being pursued on foot by a police officer.

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The shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday in Romeoville, Il., a suburb about 30 miles southwest of Chicago.

The Associated Press reported that one of the two suspects ran out of the Kohl's as soon as they spotted a police cruiser drive by. The suspect then jumped into a nearby car, at which point the officer put his arm in the car door in an attempt to apprehend the suspected thief.

According to a police statement released over the weekend, the suspect "closed the car door on the officer's arm, not allowing the officer to disengage from the vehicle," before the suspect "drove away, dragging the officer with the vehicle."

"A second responding officer verbally ordered the driver multiple times to stop the vehicle as it continued in the parking lot, dragging the officer," the statement continued. "After repeated orders to stop, the officer fired three to four shots at the driver," hitting him once in the left arm.

At a news conference on Friday, Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey told reporters that "the officer was dragged quite some distance," before the driver was forced to stop.

The dragged police officer suffered an injury to his right shoulder and was reportedly released from the hospital over the weekend.

The driver remains at Loyola Medical Center where he is being treated for the gunshot wound.

The car's passenger, 51-year-old Robert Russell, and another apparent accomplice, 28-year-old Gerald Chamberlain who was arrested inside the department store, were both charged shortly after the incident.

Chamberlain was jailed on a single count of felony theft, while Russell was charged with attempted murder, retail theft and obstructing an officer, the Chicago Tribune reported. Both men reportedly have long rap sheets.

The driver was not charged as of late Friday evening, the Tribune noted.

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