A retired Chicago firefighter was shot dead and tried to prevent thieves beating his gun from stealing his vehicle in a cheeky afternoon car hijacking attempt in front of a popcorn store next door.
Dwain Williams, 65, was a member of the Chicago Fire Department between 1992 and 2018 with numerous accolades. He retired as a lieutenant.
Williams was holding popcorn in his hand when faced by four automakers Thursday afternoon in Morgan Park in front of Lets Get Poppin ‘, Fox 32 Chicago reported.
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According to the station, he was shot in the abdomen. Williams had a gun and used it, but it’s not clear if he hit anyone.
Police said motorists boarded a car they jumped out of when they saw Williams.
“I can tell you were a hero,” the station quoted Morgan Park umbrellas as Matt O’Shea. “He spent his entire career working hard as the first respondent for our city. What a huge loss.
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O’Shea also quoted, “Today is just another example of what we’ve seen in this city, and the people in my community are scared.”
The car crashes in Chicago have increased this year, more than doubling last year’s amount, Fox 32 reported. This year it was 1229.
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“Chicago police are well aware of the number of hijackings, and we are currently doing everything we can to increase the capabilities of our city-wide task force,” Chicago Police Chief of Operations Brian McDermott said of the station.