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Chicago police officers chasing suspects are struck, killed by train

Chicago police officers chasing suspects are struck, killed by train

The shooting suspect was later taken into custody.

The officers, who have not yet been identified, were doing surveillance on the city's Far South Side when they were hit by a train just after 6 p.m., the Chicago Tribune reported. An individual was seen on the tracks, and the oncoming rain that struck the officers was traveling between 60 miles per hour and 70 miles per hour, Police Supt.

"By doing the most unsafe thing any police officer can do, that is to chase an individual with a gun, these fearless young men were consumed with identifying a potential threat to their community and put the safety of others above their own", Johnson said.

Chicago Police identified the two as officers Eduardo Marmolejo, 36, and Conrad Gary, 31. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said both men were fathers of young children.

In addition, three police officers, including two based at the 5th District, have taken their lives.

The Chicago Police Department's chief communications officer, Anthony Guglielmi, confirmed on Twitter that two officers "were struck by a passing train" while investigating shots fired, but did not confirm the officers' deaths. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Marmolejo had 2.5 years on the force.

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The officers killed were relatively new members of the department.

Johnson said the two officers went to the scene Monday after a "ShotSpotter" alert went out.

About 6:20 p.m., Metra officials were informed that the officers had been struck by eastbound South Shore Line train 119, which left Millennium Station at 5:58 p.m., according to Metra spokeswoman Sylvia Cooper.

The officers' deaths were similar to an incident on the West Side in 2002 in which Officer Benjamin Perez was fatally struck by a Metra train on an embankment while conducting an investigation.

Two other Chicago officers besides Mr Marmolejo and Mr Gary were killed in the line of duty this year.

Inbound Electric District train 148, which was scheduled to leave the University Park station at 10:40 p.m., had been canceled, Metra said.