Chicago Police Officer Shot In Bronzeville

Updated 07/31/11 – 6:09 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago police officer was shot Sunday afternoon in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side.

At about 2:30 p.m., paramedics responded to a shooting at 150 W. 43rd St., where they found a Chicago police officer had been shot, according to a Fire Department spokesperson.

The 43-year-old officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition with a graze wound.

One high-ranking officer told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine that the officer was “better than you and me.”

The injured officer told police that he exchanged shots with several men. It was unknown if any of those suspects were hit.

Police News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti said the officer had received a tip about criminal activity at 80th and LaSalle Streets. He followed the suspects in his personal car as they took the Dan Ryan Expressway north to 47th Street, where they exited the expressway.

After getting off the expressway, one of the suspects shot the officer, hitting him in the side, according to Ursitti. The officer fired back and might have continued chasing the suspects briefly after he was shot.

He was picked up at 43rd and LaSalle and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a graze wound.

Sources said that five suspects fled the scene of the shooting in a car that might have bullet holes in it. Police have spent the afternoon searching for that car at various locations on the South Side.

Sources also said the suspects might have been involved in another shooting earlier in the day.

None of the suspects was in custody as of early Sunday evening.

No further information on what led to the shooting was immediately available.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • Larry Fredricks

    This is an outrage!! One shot police officer should be countered with twelve of these south side gangsters killed or imprisoned!!!!

    • Joann Butkus

      I’m with you Larry!

  • Larry

    Irrelevant information, it makes no difference.

  • No Mo Thugz No Mo Shootnz

    W T F Factor Overload.

  • Barney Fife

    Why hasn’t the shooting of an IIT Public Safety Officer been reported? It happened last Wednesday on the school campus near 31st & State. One of the Officers was doing a routine patrol at around midnight, came upon an unknown man who without provocation shot at the Officer. Of course the Officer could not return fire due to his unable to carry his weapon because of the idiocy of the Public Safety Director.

    • Joann Butkus

      YEP! I work in that area and the security personnel at IIT ARE in danger often! They need to be armed@!

  • jesse jr.

    DO IT NOW.

  • ly

    Was he On Duty, or Off Duty. And how is having a graze wound “better than you and me”?

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  • Darneisha

    I hope they catch the low life black ass criminal gangster that shot one of our brave officers. If they’ll shoot a cop, they’ll kill anyone, without even thinking twice about it.

  • Chivi

    I don’t believe the officer’s story.

    • Cindy

      What is there not to believe? Do you need to see his wound? Don’t you believe anyone would shoot a cop? You’re not one of those police haters that thinks everything CPD related is a conspiracy??

  • ChicagoCitizen

    Does anyone know what is going on with the comment section on the week end shooting tallies story? It’s a top page story, but there is no comment section.

  • Chivi

    I do not believe the officer’s story. I do not believe THAT story regardless of who got shot.

    • Ted

      Why is that?

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