Two Chicago police officers, Eduardo Marmolejo, 36, and Conrad Gary, 31, were killed on duty after being struck by a train, a police spokesperson said Tuesday. According to the spokesperson, investigators believe that the men were focused on their pursuit of a suspect and on the train coming from the opposite direction. When a train behind them honked, they likely did not realize that it was a different train.
"They must have thought the sound they heard was the northbound train," Chicago Police Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi said. "They must have missed the sound of the train right behind them."
According to Guglielmi, the bodycam footage is "very limited."
"These brave young men were consumed with identifying a potential threat," Superintendent Eddie Johnson explained to reporters at a news conference late Monday night.
The man the two officers were pursuing was eventually taken into custody by other officers, Fox News reports. He was in possession of a gun, but so far has not been charged with any crimes.
In 2018, four Chicago police officers died on duty, which is the second highest after 2010's number of five. The latest incident was the first in which two officers died simultaneously since 1990, according to Dave Bayless, spokesman for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.