Officer hurt in shooting at Chicago suburb is graduate of University of Indianapolis

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Timothy Jones (photo from Park Forest Police Department)

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 21, 2016) – A police officer who was shot in a Chicago suburb over the weekend is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis.

Timothy Jones, 24, works for the Park Forest Police Department. He was shot Saturday morning after responding to a report of a break-in and stolen vehicle. Jones and other officers had set up a perimeter outside a vacant home.

A suspect exited the home, and as officers tried to detain him, he opened fire. Jones was hit during the exchange; the suspect was killed, police said. The incident happened around 5:40 a.m. Saturday.

Jones, a 1-year veteran, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and required emergency surgery. He was last listed in critical but stable condition, the department said.

The department posted about the shooting on Facebook over the weekend, saying it was “overwhelmed by the show of support from citizens far and wide and from law enforcement agencies across the country.”

The University of Indianapolis also tweeted a message of support for Jones asking students and alumni to keep him in their thoughts.

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