Chicago’s Dan Ryan Expressway Illinois State Troopers were shot, officials confirmed Friday afternoon.
The officer was taken to a regional hospital in critical condition, said Larry Langford, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department. More details about what happened were not immediately available, but several police sources told NBC5 that the shooting happened automatically.
Inbound Dan Ryan was closed to traffic between 47th Street and Pursing Road until 2 p.m., officials said.
The Chicago Emergency Management and Communications Office noted that state police investigations closed the inner lane of the expressway and urged passengers to “find an alternative route.”
Inbound express lanes between Marquette Road / 67th Street and 43rd Street were also closed.
The shooting came a day after Illinois State Police announced they were doubling their patrol presence on the Expressway amid an increase in shootings starting Friday evening.
However, the presence was expected at night, when several shootings took place.
According to a press release from the ISP, state police were increasing their patrol presence by about 157% in what is known as the “Peak Criminal Activity Times” on the expressway.
That increased attendance was set for evenings and overnight shifts.
Troops were being evacuated from across the state to District Chicago to help staff.
Illinois State Police say the Chicago Expressway has recorded at least 185 shootings so far in 2021, up from 128 in 2020 as a whole.