A rowdy funeral procession on Roosevelt Road led to an Oak Park police officer firing at one of the vehicles Thursday, Sept. 23. Oak Park police were monitoring the route after learning of the procession from an undercover police officer from a neighboring community. That undercover officer reported at about 12:50 p.m. seeing an individual participating in the procession waving a handgun out of a passenger’s side window of a westbound vehicle, according to Commander Paul Kane of the Oak Park Police Department. Kane said the procession was a gang member’s funeral.
Police tried to stop the vehicle near Clarence Avenue, but the driver instead accelerated toward one officer, who fired once into the vehicle. The driver then fled south in the vehicle on Clarence Avenue.
The incident is being investigated by the Oak Park Police Department, which urges anyone with information to call (708) 386-3800. Those who would like to provide information anonymously can do so online at www.oak-park.us/crimetip or by calling (708) 434-1636.