Police Investigate Shooting on Fermilab Property

The incident involved an off-duty police officer, according to the DuPage County Sheriff's Office.

The DuPage County Sheriff's Office has an open investigation into a shooting that happened Saturday on Fermilab's campus.

The shooting incident involved an off-duty police officer from an unnamed department, according to a press release. The Sheriff's Office was notified of the incident on Saturday morning.

The officer in the incident allegedly witnessed a hit-and-run crash in the area of Route 59 and Dale Avenue in West Chicago. The off-duty officer then followed the offending vehicle while in a personal vehicle, the release said.

The offender vehicle and the officer ended up somewhere on the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory campus east of Batavia.

While on the Fermilab property, an encounter ensued where the off-duty officer exited the vehicle and confronted the occupants of the other vehicle.

The officer then fired shots at the other vehicle, according to the DuPage County Sheriff's Office.

One of the occupants in the back seat of the offending vehicle was struck by a round. This person was transported to Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

No further information is being released by the Sheriff's Office, pending further investigation of the incident.

No charges were filed as of Sunday afternoon.

A Fermilab spokesperson confirmed Monday morning that no one from Fermilab was actually involved in this incident.

Eric February 21, 2012 at 07:36 PM
It was a w.chicago officer I heard. Ppl at fermi lab are saying.
Wess Smith February 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Use of DEADLY FORCE for a fender bender? I support and respect law enforcement 100% HOWEVER, an off duty cop saw a simple property damage accident, no injuries, and unsafely pursued these guys in his private vehicle, (no lights or sirens) cornered them and fired several shots into the vehicle. The wounded victim is reported to be in "stable" condition (five days later) that BULLET WOUND IS VERY SERIOUS! IF that cop had been properly trained, they'd get the fleeing vehicles description,license plate number AND THEN CALLED 911 (simple huh?) Maybe follow the car at a safe and sane distance until the marked units arrived, but he didn't. Every time an officer discharges thier weapon there is an in-depth internal investigation to determine if the shooting was JUSTIFIED. WHY ALL THE SILENCE FROM THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE?? The hospital's been told to keep quiet. West Chicago PD finally admitted they're one of theirs. WORSE YET the DuPage County Sheriff isn't saying a thing! Doesn't this have a bad odor? It's the stench of the GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB again. Cops covering for bad cops. Five days have gone by so they can all get their stories straight. They will grill, uh, interview any witnesses and dismiss those that aren't helpful to their case. Those witnesses will never be revealed or made available to the victim. West Chicago PD will wrap it up, put a shiny bow on it and present it to the public. Who is the DuPage Sheriff really SERVING & PROTECTING ?
Jeanne Tassotto February 23, 2012 at 04:23 AM
It really bothers me that this is being hushed up. W. Chicago PD has no comment, Fermilab has no comment and DuPage County Sheriff who is supposed to be 'handling this' isn't talking either. How bad was the original hit and run? Why didn't the officer render assistance to the victims instead of leaving to chase the culprit? Just how fast was this chase down Rte 59? Why didn't the officer just get the license number and note the direction they left in? Fermilab is a closed site, there is a guard who stops every car entering, so how did these cars get in? Fermi stated that no one involved were lab employees so how did they get past the guard? Why didn't the cop just tell the guard what was up and have the Fermi police help stop and detain the suspects? Why did the cop pull a gun? Was it really necessary to shot anybody? And most of all WHY IS NOBODY TALKING ABOUT THIS???


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