WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — Two police officers in Chicago have been killed after getting hit by a train, WBBM Newsradio reports.
The officers were in pursuit of a suspect on foot in the south side of the city. The suspect reportedly fired shots at the officers as they were being chased.
As they tried to capture the suspect, the officers were struck by a Metra train in the Rosemoor neighborhood. The officers hail from the police department's fifth district.
An employee of CBS 2 Chicago is on the train and says the power is currently off inside. The conductor, who was" visibly shaken," has told riders that an emergency has happened and an investigation is occurring at the moment.
Passengers inside the train are also being interviewed while an officer on the scene tells CBS 2 Chicago that the incident was not intentional.
"A devastating tragedy occurred tonight at 103rd and Cottage Grove where two #ChicagoPolice officers investigating a shots fired call were struck by a passing train. Please pray for the @ChicagoCAPS05 5th district," spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi wrote in a tweet.
Chicago Police say the officers who were killed were newly-appointed. A weapon has been recovered and there's a person of interest who is speaking with officials.