A Chicago police officer and a suspect were both shot during an exchange of gunfire in the city’s Englewood neighborhood, officials said Sunday afternoon.
According to a CPD spokesman, the officer was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center after being shot Sunday near the intersection of 69th Street and Wood Street.
Police Supt. David Brown says three officers were in an unmarked squad car in the 6900 block of Sangamon at approximately 2 pm when they attempted to stop another vehicle.
The driver of that vehicle pulled into a dead end street, then exited the vehicle and began firing shots at police, according to Brown.
One of the officers was struck twice by gunfire, and was taken to the hospital by their partners in serious, but stable, condition.
Officers returned fire toward the assailant, striking them once. Police say that suspect has been taken to an area hospital in critical condition.
The shooting took place just over a mile from where another Chicago police officer was shot in West Englewood on Wednesday. That officer was hit in the shoulder and struck by bullet fragments in her head, and was hospitalized in serious condition.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot released the following statement after the shooting afternoon Sunday:
“In less than a week, this is the second Chicago Police officer who has been shot on duty, in addition to a US Marshal. I am grateful that the officer is in serious but stable condition, and I have been in constant communication with Superintendent Brown as CPD continues their investigation. Let me say again, every single day, on every watch, our brave men and women of the Chicago Police Department risk their lives for our safety. But I must ask again, when is enough, enough? we not fed up with the catastrophic consequences of having too many illegal guns readily available to criminals, the mentally ill, and juveniles? How many times must I, and my fellow mayors across the country, plead with the Senate to take action and end the easy access to illegal guns? How many officers and residents must be victims of gun violence before we act?”
We will update this story with additional details as they become available.