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Kids Witnessed a Police Officer Killed

A Chicago police officer killed in front of children. (Photo: Yahoo Sports)

A Chicago police officer killed in front of children. (Photo: FOX 32 Chicago)

A Chicago police officer killed in front of children playing at a school after a shootout with a suspect.

According to FOX Chicago, Officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso, 32, was shot multiple times while pursuing an armed suspect near Sawyer Elementary School on Wednesday.

An anonymous woman told the news outlet, ” There were many kids because it happened in front of the school.” She added, “And they go there to play, and we thought it was safe, so we would go there and let them play, but now things have changed.”

Her 10-year-old sister was playing with other children when the suspect pulled a gun on Vazquez-Lasso. They heard gunfire and “ran as fast as we could just to get to safety,” according to the woman.

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A Chicago police officer killed in front of children. (Photo: The Mercury)

Her 10-year-old sister was playing with other children when the suspect pulled a gun on Vazquez-Lasso. They heard gunfire and “ran as fast as we could just to get to safety,” according to the woman.

The incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. when two police cars were dispatched to the 5200 block of South Spaulding Avenue in response to a domestic-related call. Police Superintendent David O. Brown told reporters that a caller reported a suspect chasing a female with a gun.

When officers arrived, one knocked on the door where the call had come from. A second officer confronted the suspect, and a chase ensued, exchanging gunfire.

Vazquez-Lasso retaliated by shooting the 18-year-old suspect in the head. According to police, the suspect is still in critical condition. The police officer killed was transported to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he died.

He was married with a small daughter. According to police, the suspect has one prior arrest, but no other information about him has been released.

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