On March 19 at approximately 5:40 am, Park Forest Police were on the scene at a vacant residence investigating a break-in and a stolen vehicle found at the location. A suspect exited the home and as the officers attempted to detain him, he produced a handgun and began firing on officers. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect. One officer, Tim Jones, suffered life threatening injuries in the gunfire exchange. Officer Jones was transported to St. James Hospital and then air lifted to Christ Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery for a gunshot wound to the head. He remains in critical condition.
Tim is a one year veteran of the Park Forest Police Department, and comes from a police family. The SouthCom Dispatchers are setting this up to support Tim and his family in his continued fight for his life. All proceeds will go directly to Tim and his family for use in his care.