Be Very Aware
Even headed home off-duty:
- Off Topic but Important,
This could have been a repeat of an incident some time ago in the 10th District. An MSF cop on his way home from Homan Square after 0300 finds himself followed in his car by some gang bangers out to do some damage.
Only this time the Dispatchers and everyone else were on the ball.
Offenders in custody. In previous incidents shots were exchanged and officer went to station to get help.
These assholes know the districts are low in manpower and the "special units" are all gone at 3AM. So that is when they go hunting, sometimes they get other gangbangers, sometimes they get a couple of Irish students walking home and sometimes they confront a ODPO.
Stay safe, be aware when you go to and from work, carry your gun and a lot of ammo. Have a good cell phone with 9-1-1 on voice dial and the local district desks. Make sure your car is in good shape and always wear your seat belt and think about wearing body armor to and from work.
No hint that off-duty cops are being specifically targeted, but headed home that late, the odds are a bit against finding someone up to anything good. Watch yourselves.