CHICAGO IL NOV 27 2016 A manhunt was underway late Saturday in suburban Harvey after a security officer at the Canadian National Railway was fatally shot, officials said.
Sean Howard, spokesman for Harvey, said the incident began about 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a call to police from a woman who reported her vehicle was stolen in Harvey. Driving a neighbor's car, the woman was following the man who had taken her car.
Howard said the woman did not know the man who took her car, and it appears to be a random incident.
As police, with their emergency lights on, began following the stolen car, the driver crashed in the area of 159th Street and Park Avenue in Harvey.
At that point, the man got out of the stolen car and began running on top of a viaduct, which leads to an area belonging to the Canadian National Railway.
The man came into contact with a security officer and shot him several times in the abdomen, Howard said. The security guard was taken to Advocate South Suburban Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Patrick Waldron, spokesman for the Canadian National Railway, said the officer worked at the facility as a third-party contract security officer and was not directly employed by the railway.
After allegedly shooting the security officer, the man got on a railroad vehicle that was attached to tracks and headed south, Howard said. Around 171st Street, he got out of that vehicle and continued to run away from officials.
As of 10 p.m., Howard said the man was still on the run. He was described as a black man, medium build who was wearing blue jeans and a black sweatshirt.
Multiple police agencies are also searching nearby communities such as Markham and East Hazel Crest.
Howard said officers do not believe anyone else is working with the man wanted by police. The wanted man is considered to be armed and dangerous.
NOTE: This is the third security officer killed this week-end thus far.