A man was stabbed and a Chicago police officer was injured near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus Monday night, officials said.
A 25-year-old man suffered stab wounds to the chin and arm on the 6500 block of North Ashland Avenue. When officers responded, they found the offender at the Loyola Red Line Station — just off campus — where one officer ended up injured with a minor laceration on his left hand, police said.
Police said they couldn’t confirm exactly how the officer was injured.
The initial victim and the injured officer were both taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston — the man who was stabbed was in stable condition and the officer was treated and released.
The offender was tased and put in custody after a short chase on foot, police said.
Despite the proximity to campus, Campus Safety didn’t send a crime alert to students as of Tuesday morning.
Thomas Murray, Campus Safety’s police chief, didn’t respond to a request for comment, but Evangeline Politis, a Loyola spokesperson, emailed a response on his behalf. She said an alert wasn’t sent out because there wasn’t an ongoing threat.
“I just confirmed with Chief Murray that an alert was not distributed because the offender was arrested quickly, and there was therefore no ongoing threat,” Politis said.
Politis said no one involved in the incident is connected to Loyola.
When asked whether the university has a responsibility to send a crime alert to alert to calm nerves and keep the student population informed since there were swarms of Chicago police and squad cars just steps from campus, Murray and Politis didn’t respond.
Maddy Baltas, a Loyola senior and The Phoenix’s audio editor and content manager, said two Chicago police officers walked through her off-campus apartment to get to her backyard — they told her they were looking for the offender’s knife. The outdoor gate was locked, so the officers needed to go through the building, Baltas said.
Each unit in the building houses Loyola students and is located just two blocks from campus, Baltas said.
Freddy Drzewiecki, a 20-year-old senior studying advertising and public relations at Loyola, said he was walking toward Loyola station with a friend when he saw police officers both on foot and in cars circling the block. Drzewiecki was headed to a friend’s apartment nearby, and he said he didn’t see any Campus Safety vehicles.
Megan Shanahan, Drzewiecki’s friend, said she called out to a police officer while they were passing by to ask if they were safe and he told her to get inside as soon as possible.
”I’m definitely feeling stressed, maybe a little unsafe, not as secure in my home,” said Shanahan, a 20-year-old junior studying psychology. “I was just leaving class and I was like, ‘Oh my god am I gonna die?’”
This is a developing story, check back for updates.