Updated: August 15, 2013 6:40AM
An off-duty Chicago firefighter who was shot by police officers Thursday remained in critical condition as of early Friday evening, a Christ Medical Center spokesman said.
Police thought the man was pointing a gun at them Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of a store in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community in what was described as an attempted “suicide by cop.”
The firefighter, who moments earlier had called his wife and told her he “couldn’t take it anymore,” made the sign of the cross, flung open the door of his sport utility vehicle and got in a crouching position with both hands clutching a black object that he leveled at police officers in the parking lot of a CVS pharmacy at 103rd Street and Pulaski Road, said Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police.
“The officers at that point opened fire, defending themselves,” Camden said.
The object in his hand was a wallet, Camden said.
The firefighter, a father of two in his early 50s, underwent surgery Thursday night. He has been with the department since the early 1990s, a source said.
No one else was injured in the shooting.