CCL Holder Helps Save Police Officer in Chicago Shootout

Cicero Police Officer Luis Duarte was saved, in part, by the heroic actions of a concealed carrier. (Photo: LinkedIn)

A concealed carry permit holder is being praised by Chicago-area police for helping stop a shootout between officers and a suspect that took place last week near a busy interstate.

The incident began Friday, Sept. 14, when Daniel Mageo, 27, opened fire on two Cicero, Il., police officers who were attempting to pull him over. Mageo hit 31-year-old Officer Luis Duarte, but Duarte’s partner and an armed citizen returned fire and forced an end to the gunfight.

“We were lucky enough to have a citizen on the street there who’s a concealed-carry holder, and he also engaged in gunfire,” Cicero Police Supt. Jerry Chlada Jr. said outside Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Cicero Town President Larry Dominick agreed. “I want to applaud the citizen, a civilian, who risked his life to help in apprehending this armed suspect,” he told reporters.

Mageo, a California native, was on parole for a July 2014 felony human trafficking conviction involving a child victim. Police attempted to stop his Mercedes when they observed him driving erratically, and when he tried to drive away he was caught in traffic on the ramp to southbound Interstate 55.

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Mageo hit Duarte twice in the arm, once in the leg and once in the abdomen, according to the Sun-Times. He continued firing at Duarte’s partner while attempting to flee, which is when an armed citizen, who was also stuck in traffic, exited his vehicle to help Duarte’s partner return fire.

Mageo suffered gunshot injuries as well and is currently in custody and hospitalized at the Cook County Jail. He’s been denied bail and has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer and aggravated battery to a police officer.

Durate had to undergo multiple surgeries to remove the bullets in his arm and leg, but was just released from the hospital and is continuing his recovery at home.

“I am very thankful to see Officer Duarte progressing in his recovery and I will dedicate every resource that I have to make sure he and his family are as comfortable possible during his recovery process,” Cicero police chief Jerry Chlada told local media. “I personally want to thank the men and women of the Cicero police department for rallying around each other during this tragic time.”

Police have not released the name of the CCL holder who intervened.

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  • Johnny Raygun September 21, 2018, 9:47 am

    I can call for a policeman to come to my house, hang and call for a pizza and I will be offering the Cop a slice of fresh hot pizza. Relying on police to protect you is a dangerous proposition. Just a thought.

    • Ryan September 21, 2018, 10:34 am

      The supreme court has ruled that police do not have a duty to protect the public but rather investigate crime. With that said police are always looking to help and protect. As far as the response time to your home determines the priority level call. If your license plate was stolen and you need a report it may be a while. If you’re in a life or death situation they’ll be running lights and sirens.

      • Johnny Raygun September 21, 2018, 2:00 pm

        You are correct on the Supreme Court ruling and validate my point., Congress could act to change the law, but chooses not to. One needs to care and protect ones self and your loved ones The police are for the most part revenue generators to justify their purpose. I have friends in the Dept and are often told near the end of the month, go write more tickets, if more funds are needed. .

        • JoeUSooner September 21, 2018, 9:27 pm

          No, you are not QUITE right… police officers do not owe specific protection to any individual citizen, but the police department does owe protection to the citizenry (society) in general.

  • RONALD BRADY September 21, 2018, 8:42 am

    My brother was a Cincinnati police officer. I would help any police person any time any place.

  • Scooter Lippy September 21, 2018, 8:03 am

    Hey Buckmichael next time your house or car is broken into, call Colin Kaeperdick. Antifa looking POS.

  • Andy Buckmichael September 21, 2018, 6:59 am

    I would not waste good ammo to help a useless scum cop.

    • Recon September 21, 2018, 7:41 am

      What a bullshit comment. Many (most) good/great cops. Some few not so good, but that’s true of all folks.
      You’re just a troll looking for an argument. Sad to be so stupid.

    • Rich September 21, 2018, 7:47 am

      You, sir, are an ignorant cunt.

    • William Crenshaw September 21, 2018, 8:03 am

      Andy, why are you even on the GunsAmerica website? I don’t know of any gun rights supporters that would ever make a comment like yours.
      Those “scum” are out there every day risking their lives for you and you. The criminal they caught was trafficking kids. How do you think the parents of those kids feel about your lack of support and obvious hatred towards the men that caught the criminal and him off the street so he can’t do to other children what he did to theirs? Do you have children?

    • kimberproSS September 21, 2018, 2:51 pm

      Progressive Liberal Troll is my guess, trying to stir the pot.

      • sudon't September 22, 2018, 9:28 am

        I’m not sure you understand politics KimberproSS. A progressive liberal would troll you by bringing up the fact that your good guy with a gun is a Mexican, and mention something about how these are the very people you want to deport, (btw, you think that’s why this Mexican doesn’t want to be identified)? They’re going to go for the delicious irony, not say something stupid. Liberals, on the whole, tend to be educated people. No, this guy is probably one of these “sovereign citizen” types, or some other extreme Right-winger, and has had beefs with his local cops.

  • Kenneth Glover September 19, 2018, 3:07 pm

    You can be sure the big media outlets will never run this story. It runs counter to their agenda to disarm all American citizens. Please everyone, be sure to vote in the upcoming midterm elections so we can have legislators in office to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights! It’s never been more important than it is at this time.

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