Illinois State Police said the soldier was found in his squad car in a local alley north of I-94, and was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital just before 2 p.m., where he was pronounced dead at 2:16 p.m. There is no known security threat to people
Illinois State Police said in a statement that the shooting was “officer involved” but did not say how.
The soldier was identified as Gerald Mason, 35. Illinois State Police said he has worked for the District of Chicago and is investigating the death. The ISP said Mason was on duty when he was shot in the head with a single shot.
“I know they look like superheroes for days, but they’re not immortal, they’re not indestructible,” said Brendan Kelly, director of the ISP.
His mother, Linda Mason, was hospitalized.
“Everyone loved him. Everyone loves my son,” Mason said. “I can’t believe he’s gone.”
Mason said her son always wanted to be a police officer. She said her youngest son got a call this afternoon as word spread on social media about the incident and called Gerald to investigate. He did not answer and shortly after, she got a call from the hospital. By the time she got there, he was dead.
See: Linda Mason speaking outside the University of Chicago Hospital
“I don’t know what else to say. I love him. I miss him so much, so, so, so much. My heart is so bad,” she said. “He always wanted to be a police officer because he always wanted to protect people. He wanted to make the world a better place.
Around 1:45 a.m., a woman was driving on the inbound Dan Ryan, he saw his car smashed against the mediator, went for help and found Mason inside. She used his radio to call frantically for help.
Witnesses said they saw police pull Mason out of the car and take him to the hospital himself. Other witnesses said people at the scene, whether law enforcement or not, were clearly upset.
“Police are coming from every angle, they blocked the expressway with multiple tow trucks, it was just a overwhelming response from the police and some pedestrians noticed they were upset about the situation and a lot of officers, their body language was upset., So I would say Dan Ryan on Mass Police, Mass. There was hysteria, ”said Gregory Sherman, a witness.
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