Westmont, Illinois -- Date Issued: December 31, 2021
On Friday, December 31, 2021 at approximately 4:27 a.m., the Westmont Police Department was dispatched to a BMW car dealership in the 400 block of East Ogden Avenue responding to a report of subjects who had forced entry into the dealership.
Upon arrival in the dealership parking lot, two Westmont officers in a marked Westmont police squad car approached and parked in front of a white Acura, at which time they observed two suspects allegedly fleeing the dealership building and quickly jumping into a white Acura, which already had two passengers. When the officers verbally engaged the suspects, the four suspects, now inside the white Acura, allegedly attempted to flee the scene in the vehicle. While fleeing, the white Acura allegedly drove directly at one of the uniformed Westmont police officers, at which time the officer discharged his duty pistol striking one suspect in the chest and causing a graze wound to another suspect. The officer had to run out of the path of the car and use his free hand to push away from the fleeing vehicle to avoid injury. While allegedly fleeing the car dealership property, the vehicle hit a curb and ran over a cement parking block, which caused significant damage to the vehicle. The car then allegedly fled east on Ogden Avenue before exiting northbound on Route 83. North of 22nd Street in nearby Oak Brook, the damaged car lost control and crashed in a ditch. The four suspects allegedly fled the vehicle on foot, but were apprehended by various law enforcement agencies that were responding to assist with the incident.
It was learned that the white Acura driven by the suspects was recently stolen from Lake County, Illinois. Three guns were recovered from inside the vehicle with another firearm recovered outside the driver’s side door. All suspects are in police custody. One suspect is being treated for a gunshot wound to the chest while two others are being treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. All injuries to suspects are believed to be non-life threatening.
Per standard Westmont Police Department use of firearms protocol, the two officers involved have been temporarily assigned to paid administrative leave while there is a review of the incident.
Several law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident including the Westmont Police Department, the DuPage County Metropolitan Emergency Response & Investigations Team (M.E.R.I.T.) Public Integrity Task Force and Forensic Investigation Unit along with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. This investigation is in its early stages and on-going and no other information is available for release at this time. Additional information will be released when available or when charges are filed.
Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont
Communications Director / Public Information Officer