CHICAGO (CBS) — Five people were injured — including four police officers — in a crash involving a squad car in the West Side Garfield Park neighborhood.
The squad car was responding to an incident in which police shot a female robbery suspect moments before.
Mobile Strike Force officers on patrol in the 4400 block of West Madison Street spotted a vehicle that matched the description of one that was reportedly used in robbery about 10:30 p.m. in the 5600 block of West Irving Park Road, according to a statement from police News Affairs.
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As officers approached the vehicle, a female driver attempted to strike the officers with the automobile, the statement said.
In fear of their lives, one of the officers fired several shots at the woman, striking her in the shoulder, according to the statement.
The female was taken in an unidentified condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, according to News Affairs.
Proceeds from the robbery were recovered at the scene, according to the statement.
While responding to the incident, a squad car with four officers inside was involved in a crash with another vehicle, police said.
Fire Media Affairs spokesman Will Knight said five people taken to area hospitals following a two-vehicle crash in the 4400 block of West Wilcox Street — which maps indicate is only two blocks away from Madison Street address.
Two people from the crash were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and one person was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, all in critical condition, Knight said. Two others were taken with minor injuries to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.
Genders and ages of the victims were not immediately available, Knight said.
Police confirmed that the crash was connected to the police-involved shooting on Madison Street.
In another police-involved shooting, a man died Wednesday night after officers exchanged fire with two alleged robbery suspects in the South Shore neighborhood.
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