CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis said the "entire city should be enraged" over the slaying of an officer with his own gun outside a police station.
The chief spoke at police headquarters Friday hours after Bryant Brewer, a 24-year-old suspected gang member, was charged with murder in the death of Officer Thor Soderberg, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Brewer is accused of approaching Soderberg from behind, grabbing his gun after a struggle and fatally shooting him Wednesday in the parking lot of a police station in the city's Englewood section.
"I simply cannot understand how a person can have such a total disregard of life and for those who keep order on our streets that he could attack, disarm and then shoot and kill a uniformed police officer in broad daylight," Weis said. "The entire department is saddened beyond belief, the entire city should be enraged."
Brewer, who was shot when officers returned fire, remained hospitalized Friday evening at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.
The Tribune said Soderberg, 43, was leaving work at the station to play a volleyball game. The 11-year-veteran officer was an instructor at the city police training academy but had been serving on a task force designed to reduce youth violence.