Amtrak police in Chicago yesterday shot and killed a California man getting off the California Zephyr who had several open warrants – including one accusing him of murder – after he opened fire on officers on Track 30 at Chicago Union Station.
CBS Chicago quoted Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari as saying that California law enforcement notified Amtrak police that the man was headed to Chicago on the train and that he had several pending warrants. Amtrak Police Dept. officers met the train when it pulled in to Union Station. Magliari said the man didn’t surrender and instead tried to flee, injuring an Amtrak employee and then opening fire on the officers.
“I’m sure more facts will emerge in the next few days and weeks to flesh out this story,” said Rail Passengers Association President Jim Mathews, “but one thing is very clear from the outset: Amtrak officers placed themselves yesterday between danger and passengers. Our Association is very grateful for the work the Amtrak Police Dept. does every day to keep our members and the riding public safe, and we hope for a speedy recovery for any Amtrak employee who might have been injured in this incident.”