An off-duty Chicago police officer was killed early Friday after a police chase that started in Calumet Park, police said. / NVP News.
Updated: March 14, 2014 9:41AM
A 10-year veteran with the Chicago Police Department was killed after a police chase that started in a south suburb ended in a crash just off the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side early Friday, police said.
The officer, 42, was just finishing his shift and was on his way home, authorities said. He was a member of a saturation unit dispatched to high-crime areas on the South Side, sources said. He was still in uniform when emergency crews found him.
The chase started about 1 a.m., when police in south suburban Calumet Park began pursuing a stolen vehicle carrying narcotics, a source said. The chase later ended with a crash in the 8700 block of South Lafayette Avenue, just off the Dan Ryan. Two Calumet Park police vehicles were also on scene.
The officer’s name was not released early Friday.
C.W. Harris, 42, has lived on the same block as the deceased officer for about seven years and remembered his devotion to his wife and two young sons.
“The biggest thing about him, he was a great neighbor and a family man. He did his job and watched out for his children and his wife,” Harris said. “I remember him being my friend.”