Two shot by off-duty sheriff's deputy in Marquette Park

Chicago Police investigate the scene where an off-duty sheriff's deputy shot two alleged gang members who fired at a vehicle in Marquette Park. | Network Video Productions

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - An off-duty Cook County sheriff’s deputy shot two alleged gang members after they fired at people inside a car Sunday night in Marquette Park on the Southwest Side, Chicago Police said.

The deputy was eating in his car about 8:40 p.m. in the 7000 block of South Kanst Drive when he saw a 15-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man arguing with people inside a nearby car, police said. He then saw the two pull out weapons and fire at the vehicle.

The deputy got out and identified himself as a police officer. The two turned around and pointed their guns at the deputy, who pulled out his own weapon and shot them, police said.

The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, and the older man was shot in the ankle, police said. They were both taken in good condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Charges are pending against the two, who a police source said were both documented gang members.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

“An off-duty Sheriff’s deputy was in the area and observed two males shooting,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said. “He intervened to protect the public.”

She said CPD is investigating the shooting.