“Get Off The X”
When an off-duty Chicago Police officer got out of his car to move some trash cans blocking the road on his way home after dinner, several assailants shot at him.
The officer’s decision to escape immediate danger (“get off the X”) and use his vehicle as a defensive tool underscores the value of quick thinking and resourcefulness.
This real-world example is a reminder that standing your ground isn’t always the best survival strategy, emphasizing the importance of decisive action and the using the ability to retreat when necessary.
Despite his physical well-being, the emotional impact on the officer underscores the far-reaching effects of violent encounters.
The quote from Roman historian Tacitus reinforces the use of strategic retreat in dangerous circumstances.
“He that fights and runs away may turn and fight another day, but he that is in battle slain will never rise to fight again.”
“CHICAGO – On Wednesday, May 31 , 2023, at approximately 9:16 p.m., an off-duty Chicago Police officer was confronted by several individuals in the 2200 block of W. Maypole. During this confrontation, the offenders fired shots, striking the officer in the arm. The officer was able to return fire and was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in good condition. The offenders are not in custody and detectives are investigating. A weapon was recovered on scene.
Currently, the specifics of this incident, including the comprehensive use of force investigation, are being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability with the full cooperation of the Chicago Police Department. The officers involved will be placed on routine administrative duties for a period of 30 days.
This matter remains under investigation and all further inquiries can be directed to the Civilian.”
Further details are available here.