Off-duty Chicago police officer was shot while moving dumpster on Near West Side

An off-duty officer who was wounded in a shooting Wednesday on the Near West Side was moving a dumpster at the time of the incident, according Chicago's police oversight agency.

The off-duty officer was driving in an alley in the 2200 block of West Maypole Avenue about 9:15 p.m. when they encountered a dumpster blocking the path, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability said in an update on Friday.

The off-duty officer, whose age wasn't released, exited their vehicle to move the dumpster when they were fired at by multiple suspects, COPA said.

The off-duty officer returned fire while running back to their vehicle, and drove away before calling 911, the agency said.

They were transported to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left forearm, but were listed in good condition, officials said. The off-duty officer has been placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days.

The suspects fled the scene after the shooting, and it wasn't clear whether anyone else was struck, COPA said.

A white SUV with a bullet hole through the windshield remained at the scene of the shooting, according to a Sun-Times photographer.


No one is in custody in connection to the shooting, but a weapon was recovered on scene.

COPA, which investigates any time a Chicago police officer opens fire, confirmed third-party video captured portions of the incident, and those materials would be released within 60 days in accordance with the city's Video Release Policy.

The agency asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact them at 312-746-3609.