A south suburban police officer is in critical condition after being shot early Saturday morning. It happened in Park Forest as police investigated a break-in call.
Sources said the officer, Tim Jones, a rookie who’s only been with Park Forest police for less than a year, underwent surgery Saturday morning after being shot in the head.
Dozens of local law enforcement officers and city leaders showed up at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn to support the officer, his family and his department.
Jones comes from a police family, his father is Chief William Jones of the Country Club Hills police department.
Park Forest Deputy police Chief Christopher Mannino says the officers responded to a call just before 6AM in the 300 block of Neola.
Neighbors reported hearing glass breaking at a nearby vacant home.
Mannino told reporters the officers found a stolen vehicle parked in the driveway and a man inside the home. The officers surrounded the home and asked the man to leave.
“He tried escaping through a window when officers went to detain him he produced a handgun and began firing upon officers,” said Mannino.
He said the officers returned fired, killing the suspect, 21-year-old Thurman Reynolds.
Jones was taken to St. James hospital in Olympia Fields, but was then airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical center in Oak Lawn. Sources say he was out of surgery by 3:15 Saturday afternoon and in recovery.
“We have not had an officer shot in well over 20 years,” said Mannino.
The Illinois State Police Integrity task force is investigating this shooting.