Off-duty Oak Park police officer shot

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Johnny Patterson, a 58-year-old Oak Park police officer & 25-year veteran of the force, was shot twice early Sunday morning when leaving his home on Chicago’s South Side for work, according to several reports.

Patterson was getting out of his car when two male suspects, 17 and 18-years old, tried to rob him. Once the suspects realized he had a gun, they shot at Patterson, hitting him in the arm and leg. Despite the injuries, the off-duty police officer was able to shoot one of the assailants before they could flee the scene, according to reports.

Approximate location of the crime scene at the 300 block of West 103rd Pl.
Approximate location of the crime scene at the 300 block of West 103rd Pl.

The wounded officer was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he is currently in stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to reports.

The 18-year-old suspect was handcuffed and taken away in an unmarked police vehicle while the 17-year-old was taken and eventually released from the hospital for his injuries. Both teens are now in police custody, according to reports.

Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley released the following statement:

“Our immediate concern is for the well-being of our officer and his recovery from the injuries sustained while he protected himself. We have chosen not to release additional information about the officer or the crime since he is a victim in an ongoing Chicago Police Department investigation.”


  1. The fact this officer was able to get off a successful shot against his assailant after being shot twice himself is incredible. He was able to get a couple thugs off the streets hopefully. Congratulations.


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