Two Chicago Police Officers Fatally Struck by Train While Pursuing Armed Suspect

Two Chicago police officers were killed by a Metra train Monday night while investigating reports of shots fired. The officers were reportedly searching for a suspect with a gun on the city’s South Side when they were struck by an outbound South Shore train just before 6:30 p.m. “While doing the most dangerous thing any police officer can do, and that is to chase an individual with a gun, these brave young men were consumed with identifying a potential threat to their community and put the safety of others above their own,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference. The officers were both described as “newly appointed” to the force. Conrad Gary, 31, reportedly had 18 months with the department. Eduardo Marmolejo, 37, had two years under his belt. Both officers reportedly leave behind young children. CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted after the press conference that a weapon was recovered and a “person of interest” was being questioned.