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 firstname.lastname@example.org.