CARBONDALE — A Carbondale Police officer is in serious but stable condition after being shot during a pursuit Sunday, according to Police Chief Jeff Grubbs.
The incident happened after 11:30 p.m. as officers of the Carbondale Police Department were on patrol in the 700 block of North Robert A. Stalls Street responding to gunshots being fired in the area.
While driving toward the source of the gunshots, Grubbs said, the officers identified a tan Pontiac Grand Prix driving away from the area at a high rate of speed.
As officers attempted to stop the vehicle, a pursuit was initiated, Grubbs said.
During the pursuit, at least one suspect fired several gunshots from the fleeing vehicle striking the police car and the officer. After taking notice of the injured officer, Grubbs said remaining officers ended the pursuit. Shot were not returned by the officers.
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At a news conference Monday, Grubbs said the vehicle was later located abandoned and destroyed by fire on Dewmaine Road in Williamson County. Police can only describe two black males as suspects, Grubbs said, however additional passengers are not being ruled out.
"We are working diligently to identify the identities of those involved," he said.
The 27-year-old officer — whose name is being withheld by the department out of respect for his family — was transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale where he was initially treated for the gunshot wound and was later transferred to a hospital in the St. Louis area for additional treatment.
As investigation into the incident is continuing, Grubbs announced that there is a minimum $10,000 reward for the identity of anyone involved.
Suspects should be considered armed and dangerous, Grubbs said.
"We do not want (individuals) engaging but we want (people) reporting," he said.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Carbondale Police at 618-457-3200, or the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 618-549-2677, or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at 618-687-2677.