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In the wee hours of Saturday morning, an otherwise quiet Chicago train station lit up after two men got into an argument that became physical and landed one of the men in a hospital with three gunshot wounds and the other behind bars.
Amidst a verbal disagreement, a man violently shoved a 53-year-old Chicago Transit Authority employee to the ground, knocking him right off his feet and landing him on his backside with a thud, the Chicago Journal reported.
While the CTA employee picked himself off the ground, the other man retreated down a nearby set of stairs, but the CTA employee decked out in a bright orange and yellow vest went after him as he reached for a handgun in his pocket. Once the CTA employee reached the top of the stairs, he shot at the other man several times, inflicting three wounds in his lower left leg, back, and abdomen.
Check out the video that has been circulating online to see for yourself how the situation played out — Caution: Violent Content:
Sent in video.
From a shooting at 95/Red Line this morning.
The CTA worker was arrested and charges are pending.
He also had a FOID but no CCL. pic.twitter.com/wUN8a7bvLc
— 16th & 17th District Chicago Police Scanner (@CPD1617Scanner) March 26, 2022
No details have been released on what led up to the incident that occurred just before 2:00 a.m but it was reported that the CTA employee had a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOIC) but no Concealed Carry License (CCL).
“While we don’t know what happened before this video started, we do see the CTA worker advancing on the other guy. That’s when he pushes him,” a tweet from a police scanner account noted. “All around a bad situation for everyone involved.”
CTA issued a statement about the incident that left the victim in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
“The behavior of this one employee is not at all reflective of the thousands of hardworking, dedicated men and women who take pride in their work and responsibly perform their duties each day,” the statement read according to WGN9.
One person on Twitter noted how well public safety in Chicago is going without police.
This public safety without police is going so well
— Parker (@Parker19872) March 26, 2022
A debate ensued on Twitter trying to resolve whether the man was justified in pulling a gun on the man that some were calling a drunk.
I’m not sure i understand what happened here; I see a guy shove and knock someone down, doesn’t he have the right to self defense?
— Donna Hickey (@donnahickey) March 26, 2022
What y’all are failing to see is that man is at work in his uniform doing his job and that is why he was ” advancing ” towards him. The CTA worker did not use excessive force until HE was assaulted.
— .27 (@astoldbylzne) March 26, 2022
The excessive force was following the man. You can use deadly force if you feel threaten to stop the threat. The guy pushed him down(assault) then walked away. CTA worker then got up, following and unloaded the clip.
— saj9291113 (@saj9291113) March 26, 2022
Leo and security guards are different. Officers usually have to apprehend the offender so will continue to engage. BUT they can not shot an offender in the back while they are retreating
— saj9291113 (@saj9291113) March 26, 2022
The moment he decided to chase the guy it stopped being self-defense, legally speaking. The whole point of self defense is defending against an active threat. If you chase him you are putting yourself in danger thus self defense loses effectiveness as an argument
— Daniel Munguia (@Vidaenelviento) March 27, 2022
Some of these responses of self defense are mind boggling to me. The guy had walked away and was no threat. “Self defense” are you kidding?!?! Shooting someone walking away is straight coward. Ego bruised from getting embarrassed by getting pushed down. Unbelievable…
— Arik (@adarnellb) March 26, 2022
CTA officials have reportedly begun the termination process for the employee wielding a gun, who was apparently violating several CTA policies, including one that does not allow staff to carry a firearm.
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