Joliet cop shoots at fleeing vehicle
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org September 10, 2013 9:16AM
Acting Chief Brian Benton, 44, a 23-year-veteran of the Joliet Police Department, was named the city's police chief Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. | Photo provided Trafton retired last month. Benton , 44,
Updated: October 12, 2013 6:17AM
JOLIET — Police say an officer shot at a car that tried to run him and his partner down Monday night.
Two police officers were responding to an unrelated call about 8:30 p.m., when they spotted a group of three men running between a bike path and a berm in the 1400 block of Spring Creek Drive, Chief Brian Benton said. The men, who allegedly had just tried to rob someone, got into a small dark-colored car parked nearby.
Both officers, who were on the street in full uniform, signaled for the driver to stop as the car approached them, but the driver sped up instead, Benton said.
“The car struck one officer in the hand he was using to hold his flashlight and the second officer fired one round at the vehicle,” Benton said.
Benton said X-rays on the officer’s hand were negative. The officer who shot at the car also was examined at the hospital per department policy.
“Investigators learned the occupants of the car had just attempted to rob a man behind a nearby vacant house using a baseball bat,” Benton said.
That victim was treated for cuts to his head by paramedics but declined transportation to the hospital.
Benton said Tuesday morning the investigation to identify the robbery suspects was ongoing.