Chicago police officer, suspect wounded in shootout during traffic stop on West Side
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A Chicago police officer was wounded in a shootout during a traffic stop Monday night in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city's West Side. A second officer was also injured but not shot.
Two tactical officers were conducting a traffic stop around 9:15 p.m. in the 3000 block of West Polk Street when the driver attempted to drive away and ran his vehicle into an approaching officer, pinning them between the squad car and the vehicle, police said.
A shootout ensued and an officer and the offender were both struck, police said.
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The officer suffered a gunshot wound to the pinky and the officer who was pinned suffered a leg injury.
Both officers were transported to a local hospital where they were listed in fair condition.
The offender was also transported to an area hospital. He was listed in serious-to-critical condition.
"By the grace of God, we are talking about non-life threatening injuries and so we are very grateful for not only the officers’ conditions where it’s not life-threatening, but we’re also grateful that they’re able to recover with their families. And we are thankful that it’s not more serious injuries," said CPD Supt. David Brown.
Another male in the suspect's car was also taken into custody. Police recovered two weapons from the vehicle.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the shooting. The officers will be placed on administrative duties for a 30-day period.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a statement Tuesday morning saying the shooting "again underscores the dangers that our valiant police officers face every day to keep the rest of us safe. I urge the state’s attorney to seek the highest possible charges against this offender, and for the court to keep this violent dangerous individual off the street."