LANSING — An East Chicago man suspected in a retail theft at a Lansing Ultra Foods ran from police, shot an officer during a struggle and was fatally shot by another officer Thursday, police said.
Warren Christian, 43, was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond and pronounced dead, officials said. The officer’s wound was not life-threatening.
Lansing police responded to the grocery store at The Landings shopping center in the 16800 block of Torrence Avenue about 3:30 p.m. for a report of a retail theft in progress, village spokesman Fabian Newman said.
The officer arrived, saw a man fleeing and gave chase. When the officer caught up with the suspect, they struggled and the officer was shot in the lower leg, Newman said.
Police Chief Dennis Murrin Jr. declined to comment on whether the officer was shot with his own weapon.
When the suspect continued running — with the gun — another officer shot the suspect, officials said.
Christian died from a gunshot wound, according to the Lake County coroner's office.
The shooting is being investigated by the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force, which is standard protocol, officials said.
Police cordoned off a large area to the north of Ultra Foods, near a vacant Wal-Mart.
Witnesses standing outside a nearby Carson’s outlet store said they heard shots while making purchases in the Carson’s and employees quickly locked the doors.
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A crime scene investigator from the Illinois State Police photographs evidence Thursday evening in the 16000 block of Torrence Avenue in Lansing. A police officer was shot and a suspect was killed.
Illinois State Police crime scene investigators prepare to document the scene of a police-involved shooting in the 16000 block of Torrence Avenue in Lansing on Thursday afternoon.
Police responded to Ultra Foods for a retail theft in progress Thursday afternoon.
Evidence markers are scattered about the parking lot of The Landings mall in the 16000 block of Torrence Avenue in Lansing on Thursday evening.
Investigators examine cars in the parking lot of Ultra Foods in the 16000 block of Torrence Avenue in Lansing Thursday afternoon.
Customers were locked down inside of the Carson's clearance center Thursday afternoon after a shooting took place near the business. Customers were told that they would not have access to their vehicles for several hours as police investigate.
Police search for clues in a shooting that left a Lansing Police Officer shot and a suspect dead Thursday afternoon in the Landings mall in the 16000 block of Torrence.
Crime scene tape covered most of the parking lot in the Landings mall in Lansing on Thursday afternoon after a Police Officer was shot and a suspect was killed.
A crime scene investigator from the Illinois State Police photographs evidence in the parking lot of the Landings Mall in Lansing Thursday evening after a Police Officer was shot and a suspect killed.
Yellow evidence markers covered the parking lot in the Landings mall in the 16000 block of Torrence Thursday afternoon.
Police investigators stand in a parking lot near an Ultra Foods store surrounded by evidence markers Thursday afternoon in Lansing, Illinois. A police officer was shot and a suspect was killed.
A large amount of evidence markers could been seen near an Ultra food store in the 16000 block of Torrence Avenue Thursday afternoon after a Police Officer was shot and a suspect killed.
Police search for clues in a shooting that left a Lansing police officer shot and a suspect dead Thursday afternoon in the Landings mall in the 16000 block of Torrence Avenue.
When Robert and Deb Delcorio walked out of the store, they saw police officers carrying assault rifles, an ambulance and a firetruck.
The Delcorios were among a number of shoppers who were not being allowed to retrieve their vehicles from inside the crime scene.
Several officers told the group about 5 p.m. that Illinois State Police were en route to help gather evidence and they might have to wait at least another three hours.
The Delcorios said they were celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary Thursday.
“It’ll be one we never forget,” Robert Delcorio said.