Railroad cop beaten, choked near Southwest Side Metra station

Tribune reporters

Police continue to interview a 24-year-old man in connection with the beating and choking of a 39-year-old Norfolk Southern police officer near a Southwest Side Metra station late Sunday night.

The officer, who lost consciousness during the attack, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center after the altercation, which happened about 10:20 p.m. near the Wrightwood Metra station at 79th and Kedzie avenues in the Ashburn neighborhood.

Police responded to a call of an officer in distress in the 7900 block of South Kedzie Avenue and when they got there, they saw the 24-year-old man on the ground with his chest up against the officer's back, according to a police report. The attacker also had his legs hooked around the officer's legs and his arms were wrapped around the officer's neck, according to the report.

Responding officers told him to release the victim, but he refused. Police then pulled him off the officer and the 24-year-old, of the 8100 block of South Spaulding Avenue, was taken into custody at 10:26 p.m. No charges have been filed.

The incident began when the victim, in full police uniform, exited his marked police car to ask the 24-year-old why he was on the train tracks, the report said. During questioning, the 24-year-old grabbed the officer's hands and started punching him in the face, causing bruising and swelling, and then got behind the victim while the officer was on the ground and started choking him, causing him to lose consciousness, the report said.

The officer is expected to recover from his wounds, police said.

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