Police dispatch audio lays out some of the events in the shooting of two Chicago police officers in the Back of the Yards neighborhood May 2, 2017. The audio has been edited for length and clarity. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
The call for help came at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, a police officer yelling into his radio mic with no time to lose.
"My partner’s hit!" he yells.
"Units, we got a 10-1, 43 and Ashland," he says, using the code for officer in need of assistance. "10-1, 43 and Ashland. Officer down!"
The officer then appears to say, “We’ve both been shot.”
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Within minutes, other officers converge on the scene at 43rd Street and Ashland Avenue in Back of the Yards where two plainclothes officers were shot while riding in an unmarked van.
“Let’s get those ambulances rolling," one officer says, according to a recording of the radio traffic. "Let’s get those ambulances (going). Come on, come on, come on."
“10-4," a dispatcher replies. "We’ve got ambulances on the way."
As officers start to give the dispatcher information on what appears to have happened, a supervisor conveys information about the wounded officers.
Chicago police investigate where two police officers were shot in the 4300 block of South Ashland Avenue in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood on May 2, 2017.
(Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune)
There are “two policemen, maybe one, one’s shot for sure. … Make sure everybody keeps this way open for (ambulance) traffic," the supervisor says.
After more back-and-forth, the supervisor comes back on.
“Send a second ambulance,” the supervisor says. “I believe the second officer might have some (gunshot wounds) to his back.”
Another officer asks for a better address for wounded officers, and the supervisor and dispatcher give a description of where they are.
Soon afterward, a detective comes on the air and gives the dispatcher a short rundown of what’s believed to have happened.
A supervisor then has an update on the officers’ conditions. “They’re OK,” he says.
“10-4,” the dispatcher responds, before turning to the task of closing off traffic between the scene and Stroger Hospital, where both officers were taken.
One officer was hit in the arm and hip, the other in the back. They were taken to Stroger in serious condition, but both were back home by Wednesday afternoon.
Police say they arrested three people and seized two guns, including a high-powered rifle.