Police and Law Enforcement

Illinois officer still in critical condition after being shot 3 times

Officer Tim Jones was shot three times on Saturday.

Officer Tim Jones was shot three times on Saturday.  (Park Forest Police Dept.)

An Illinois police officer shot three times on Saturday while investigating a break-in at a vacant structure remained in critical but stable condition on Sunday, officials said in a Facebook post.

Officer Tim Jones, 24, was shot in the jaw and neck Saturday morning and is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Jones has been on the force less than a year.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man accused of shooting Jones as 21-year-old Thurman Reynolds of Park Forest, who was killed when officers returned fire. The gun Reynolds used had been reported stolen out of Texas, police said. A second gun was also found in his possession.

The Park Forest Police Department said Jones was in "excellent medical hands." He has already undergone emergency surgery for a gunshot wound to the head.

"A Park Forest Police Officer is with him and his family 24 hours a day," the Facebook post said. "That's the thing about this job: When tragedy strikes, it's not just a job, it's family.

"We are overwhelmed by the show of support from citizens far and wide and from law enforcement agencies across the country."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.