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.
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.
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.”
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.