Community Update and Videos Oct. 25

The following information update is based on an ongoing investigation that is evolving as forensic evidence is analyzed, witnessed are interviewed, and physical and electronic records are reviewed. The Alsip Police Department’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected.

An offender ignored police commands, drove his vehicle at an Alsip PD officer, and crashed into an Alsip PD squad Oct. 3. Photo by Alsip PD.

The Alsip Police Department shared video footage today from the Oct. 3 event where an Alsip Police officer responding to drag racing in a residential area shot an offender who disobeyed orders, drove his vehicle at the officer, and hit two squad cars.

The offender, Jamal Campbell, 25, last known address of Chicago, had a history of violence and a warrant for dangerous drugs in Indiana. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged the offender with one count of Attempted Murder and two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle.

“Motor vehicles are deadly weapons, and offenders everywhere from New York to Europe have used them to drive at, injure, and kill hundreds of innocent people in just the last two years alone,” said Alsip Police Chief Jay Miller.

Illinois law protects the right of individuals and officers to defend themselves using force to prevent death or great bodily harm, and no Alsip police officer has been charged with any crime. The offender sustained two gunshot wounds and was in stable condition Oct. 3 at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

“The offender chose to endanger families’ lives when he chose to race in their neighborhood, he chose to ignore lawful police commands, and he chose to drive his vehicle at our officer. Those choices the offender made put several lives in danger that night, including his own,” Chief Miller said.

An offender ignored police commands, drove his vehicle at an Alsip PD officer, and crashed into an Alsip PD squad Oct. 3. Photo by Alsip PD.

The Alsip officer who protected himself from the offender has returned to work, as has his partner. This was their first officer-involved shooting, and they have good records with the department and have received commendations for their work over the years.

“We thank everyone for their outpouring of support as we all work together to serve, protect, and keep our community safe,” Chief Miller said. “Our department is committed to transparency, and we’re grateful to now be able to share the footage with our community, the media, and general public.”

View and download raw, unedited videos here.

View the Oct. 3 community update here.

Those with information are encouraged to contact the police department tip line at 708-385-6902 Ext. 272. Requests for information can be send to Chief Jay Miller at jmiller@villageofalsip.org.

Community Update Oct. 3

The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation that is evolving as investigators analyze forensic evidence, interview witnesses, and review physical and electronic records. The Alsip Police Department’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected.


An Alsip Police officer responding to drag racing in a residential area shot an offender who disobeyed orders, drove his vehicle at the officer, and hit two squad cars.

The driver has been identified as Jamal Campbell, 25, who had a history of violence and a warrant for dangerous drugs in Indiana. Campbell sustained two gunshot wounds and is in stable condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The officers sustained minor injuries.

At about 2:04 a.m. Wednesday officers saw a silver Dodge Challenger and black Cadillac drag racing in the David Estates neighborhood of Alsip. Officers investigating the reckless driving searched for the vehicles and pulled into the Midpointe Apartments parking lot at the 4000 block of 115th Street just over the Chicago border.

They found the Cadillac with two occupants in the parking lot.

The Cadillac was idling and facing the officer’s squad. The officers exited their vehicle and issued commands to Campbell and the passenger to raise their hands.

Campbell disobeyed the officers’ orders and drove the Cadillac towards one of the officers, who was standing in between his squad and a row of parked cars. The officer fired several rounds at the offender, as the officer was unable to move to cover. The Cadillac ran into vehicles parked at the complex as well as the squads.

The officer administered medical aid to Campbell until an ambulance arrived.

Illinois law protects the right of individuals and officers to defend themselves using force to prevent death or great bodily harm.

As is standard protocol for all officer-involved shootings, the officers are on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation. This is the first officer-involved shooting for both officers. They have good records with the department and have received commendations for their work over the years.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating the shooting, which happened in its jurisdiction. Alsip Police Chief Jay Miller has also requested an independent review by the Illinois State Police to avoid any appearance of a potential conflict of interest.

This is an ongoing investigation, and The Alsip Police Department will share additional information as it becomes available.

Those with information are encouraged to contact the police department tip line at 708-385-6902 Ext. 272. Requests for information can be send to Chief Jay Miller at jmiller@villageofalsip.org.

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Letter from the Chief

Alsip Police Chief Jay Miller
Photo for Tactical Media by Kathleen Virginia Page.

Dear Alsip Neighbors,

I’m honored to serve you and my fellow officers as your new Chief of Police.

It’s a title and responsibility I don’t take lightly. During almost two decades I’ve worked with a great team of Alisp officers and been honored to hold positions ranging from field training officer to detective to command officer overseeing the 911 call center. And I’ll bring those boots-on-the-ground experiences as your Chief.

Public safety is a vital partnership between police and the community we serve, and I’m looking forward to increasing our engagement and communications with you as we all work towards a common goal: making Alsip a safe place for everyone to enjoy.

I’m committed to accomplishing that shared goal and evolving our operations so that we’re performing at our optimal level for you. These changes have already begun, as you may have noticed our new website (special thanks to Brian Massari), and we’re making plans to:

  • Improve public communications and accessibility. The redesigned website is easier to navigate and optimized for mobile use, so you can access public safety resources and read the latest news from the palm of your hand, on demand. Click here to check it out.
  • Increase our social media presence to share information. We want to connect with you, share information, and collaborate online to keep our neighborhoods safe. You’ll notice a new look and regular postings. Please friend our personal page on Facebook here @AlsipPD so that we can tag you in community photos and posts, and follow our organization page @AlsipPolice for the latest news. You can also follow us on Twitter @AlsipPD.
  • Share more behind-the-scenes stories. Our officers are working hard to make Alsip the best it can be, and we’ll be transparent and keep you posted on how we’re doing it – like this video of an active shooter training with the Fire Department at the Swap-O-Rama.
  • Engage with you more. We’ll build on our Crime Prevention program and launch new ones to work with community members more often. We’re in the early stages of building a Citizens Police Academy, where you can learn what it takes to become a police officer and how you can become an Alsip PD partner in fighting crime.
  • Proactive policing. We’ve made new hires to make sure we’re operating at full capacity, as we’re now staffing 42 full-time officers, nine dispatchers, three support staff, and five community officers. Our department divisions will work in unison to identify crime trends and address problems quickly. This collaboration will reach beyond the Alsip PD to include key public safety partners, such as the village departments and county, state, and federal officials because we can get more done by working together than by working alone.

There are new efforts underway and new people on board to help make these visions become a reality, and I’m grateful for the enthusiasm from Mayor John Ryan and Police Committee Chairperson Sheila McGreal.

And I of course want to make sure we’re serving and connecting with you in the best ways. Please share your thoughts or ideas with us via this short survey. We’ll look forward to your feedback and partnering on public safety.

All best,

Jay Miller
Chief of Police
Alsip Police Department