Deputy Chief Says Cops Blew 'Eight Holes' In Gunman Who Shot Chicago Cop

Police took down the fugitive, 45-year-old Michael Blackman, in a gun battle on Saturday afternoon.

Chicago, IL – Police shot a man on Saturday who had shot a Chicago police officer earlier in the day and a random woman on a sidewalk on Wednesday.

The strange series of events began around noon on Sept. 18 while a woman was walking to lunch with colleagues in the 200-block of North Milwaukee Avenue in the Fulton River district, WGN reported.

A man on a bicycle – later identified as 45-year-old Michael Blackman – rode up to the group and passed them.

Then he doubled back and shot the woman in the back, WGN reported.

Chicago Police Deputy Chief Brendan Deenihan said the motive for the shooting remained a mystery, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“It appears he randomly targeted and shot this poor woman,” Chief Deenihan said.

Police identified Blackman as the shooter using surveillance footage from a bike shop nearby.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters that at about 8:40 a.m. on Saturday morning, officers went to a home in the 1900-block of West 65th Street to try and apprehend Blackman, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Superintendent Johnson said that Blackman tried to flee out the back door of the home and ran into officers who were there waiting for him.

There was a struggle and Blackman opened fire, shooting one of the officers multiple times, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Both officers returned fire but Blackman escaped the area. It wasn’t known if he was hit by any of the officers’ bullets at that time.

The 40-year-old officer who had been critically wounded was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in a police vehicle, WGN reported.

The wounded officer applied his own tourniquet while his partner put pressure on his wounds.

“He came basically bleeding to death,” Dr. Jane Kayle Lee told reporters at the hospital. “He had already lost a significant amount of blood.”

Lee said the officer had one gunshot wound to his groin and two more to his leg.

"He’s certainly not out of the woods,'' Superintendent Johnson said. “He’s talking to us. He’s still a little groggy from the anesthesia, but he’s wiggling his toes.''

As soon as the bleeding officer was transported, police launched a massive manhunt for the gunman, the Chicago Tribune reported.

They set up a perimeter in the area and did a door-by-door search through the neighborhood.

They also began reviewing surveillance video from nearby homes and businesses, and by Saturday afternoon investigators had found video of Blackman entering a vacant lot just three blocks from where he shot the police officer, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Video showed Blackman going into the railyard in the 6400-block of South Hoyne Avenue but not leaving, so police concentrated their search there.

Chief Deenihan told reporters at the scene that Blackman suddenly “popped up” in the railyard and fired at officers, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Then he fled west across the train tracks to where another set of police officers was waiting.

There was a gunfight between the officers and Blackman and the gunman was eventually taken into custody, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Chief Deenihan said Blackman was transported to the hospital in critical condition with “eight holes in him” and a broken femur.

The chief said his gun was recovered with an empty magazine, the Chicago Tribune reported.

He said none of the officers involved in the second gun battle were injured.

Superintendent Johnson said that Blackman had a long criminal record dating back to 1991, the Chicago Tribune reported.

He has multiple burglary convictions, including two cases in 2003 for which he was sentenced to eight years in prison.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2018, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said police were investigating whether Blackman was also responsible for the June 8 shooting of a woman in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Comments (51)
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flybynight
flybynight

Black on black crime in Chiraq is almost out of control. Yes, I know, understatement of the decade🙄

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

"According to police, Blackman has an extensive arrest history dating back to 1991. His charges include burglary, battery, domestic battery, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, driving on a suspended license and criminal possession of a controlled substance. "

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Find out who he bought / stole the gun from and put that person in prison -- that person is at fault for this tragedy.

Justretired
Justretired

Waste of O2 if hes still breathing. Hope officer pulls through.

flybynight
flybynight

And don't forget to go after the ammunition manufacturers. They are just as responseable. Right? 🙄

ikaika
ikaika

He's like a rabid dog that needs to be out down. He can't be rehabilitated, or in his case, habiltated, since it doesn't sound as if he was ever a functioning member of society. Now he'll drain hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for his medical care, his defense because we all know he'll plead guilty, and then his incarceration. Prayers for the officer.

KCN
KCN

This is the same type of criminal, with a criminal history much like those the liberals wish to release from our prisons.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

8 holes should supply plenty of added ventilation.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Ammunition doesn’t grow on trees, and the department has to be careful with its budget. If the perp dies (God willing) I think it’s only appropriate that the perps family reimburse the state for the expense of the rounds fired. After all, the state (funded by the people) bore the cost of his selfishness. It’s not as if the family would reject compensation if the perp were instead a victim. If this professional failure manages to survive, he should be given the needle whilst an audio loop repeats the names to him of those he hurt. The process would be called: “The People Have Spoken”.

RubyRose
RubyRose

Only eight?

magnumforc
magnumforc

This will get ugly...the gun with the empty mag will "prove" to the perps hood rat friends and family that he didn't shoot at anyone and was just holding the gun for a friend. They will initiate a million dollar suit and use the proceeds to buy a chicken franchise.

Musicray
Musicray

They should have taken their time getting him to the hospital... stop for lunch etc... What a waste of resources..

sturnman22
sturnman22

Need bigger guns!

JS08
JS08

Why the sensational head line by Sandy Malone? The Chief did not say cops blew 8 holes in the gunman. He said the gunman was brought to the hospital with 8 holes in him.