LANSING — Police said Friday morning an officer wounded Thursday night by a suspected shoplifter has been released from a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The department released a photograph of the suspect, 43-year-old Warren Christian III, who died of a gunshot wound in the encounter. Lansing police listed his home as Calumet City. The Lake County Coroner's office listed it as East Chicago.
Fabian Newman, spokesman for the Village of Lansing, said Friday the identity of the police officers won't be released until his department and the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force interview them and complete their investigation.
He said the officers were called about 3:30 p.m. to Ultra Foods, 16831 Torrence Ave., where the suspect was seen loading a cooler full of meat and leaving without paying.
A Lansing police officer arrived, saw the suspect fleeing the store on foot and caught up with him. Newman said a struggle ensued in the parking lot between the two, and the suspect shot the officer in the lower leg before continuing to flee across the mall parking lot.
A second officer then confronted Christian, still armed with the weapon, in the parking lot and shot him. Authorities transported Christian to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond where he later died of the gun shot wound.