'Devastating Tragedy' for Chicago Police

'Devastating Tragedy' for Chicago Police

'Devastating Tragedy' for Chicago Police

Eduardo Marmolejo, 37, and Conrad Gary, 31, were chasing a suspected gunman around 6 p.m. when they were hit by a train that may have been traveling 70 miles per hour, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters at a press conference. Marmolejo had been on the force 2 1/2 years and Gary 18 months, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

The incident occurred near 103rd Street about 7 p.m.in the city's Rosemoor neighborhood, Metra officials said.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the officers pursued the suspect on foot.

The train that struck the officers was operated by a commuter rail line that links northern IN and Chicago, according to media reports.

Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was fatally shot in February as he confronted a suspect outside the Thompson Center in The Loop; a suspect is being held for trial. When officers arrived, a suspect had made his way onto the tracks and the officers went after him. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP) Passengers sit on a train while police officers work the scene where two officers were killed after they were struck by a South Shore train near 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Chicago. Police identified them as Eduardo Marmolejo, 37, and Conrad Gary, 31.

The officers' deaths were especially devastating as they followed several other tragedies in the Calumet District this year, including two recent officer suicides, Johnson said.

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Two Chicago Transit Authority buses arrived in the area around 9 p.m.to offload the train passengers.

Two other Chicago officers have already been killed in the line of duty this year. "Train 205 will take the place of Train 203, making all its scheduled stops".

An individual was taken into custody and a weapon was recovered.

"It just highlights again how unsafe this job can be".

Chelsea Barras, a spokeswoman for the 100 Club, said the group has been in touch with Chicago police representatives to arrange a meeting with the officers' family members.

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