Man Starts Fire on Chicago Train, Cop Injured

January 18, 2018 A Chicago police officer was injured Thursday when a man tried to light himself on fire on a Red Line train during the busy evening rush hour. Some reports claim the suspect set a book bag on fire.

A male suspect was taken into police custody and is facing arson charges. The incident occurred around 5:15 p.m. at the Argyle Station in the Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side.

The Chicago Fire Department also responded to the scene, where they found a book bag on fire on the CTA station’s platform, according to Chicago Fire Department Commander, Frank Velez.

The suspect was transported to Weiss Hospital for treatment. Police have not provided any information on the condition of the injured police officer. Local News Station CBS reports that a source said a Chicago police officer sustained a shoulder injury and minor burns when he tackled the man.

The Chicago Transit Authority’s official website reports ongoing major delays.

“Red Line trains are operating with residual delays, making all regular stops, after earlier police activity at Argyle. Service is resuming.”

In recent years, the increasing number of terrorist attacks on ground transportation systems worldwide has raised public safety concerns. Trains are “soft targets” often favored by terrorists due to lax security.


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