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Burglary Suspect Shot By Police After Chase

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Police investigate the scene where two suspects fired upon officers Monday night. (CBS)

Police investigate the scene where two suspects fired upon officers Monday night. (CBS)

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UPDATED 11/22/11 7:32 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A long police chased ended with a burglary suspect being shot Monday night on the city’s West Side.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said the chase began at 26th Street and Western Avenue, where officers in an unmarked squad car spotted someone loading boxes into a van.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

The officers called for a marked squad car, but the suspects took off in the van, and police pursued them for six miles, Camden said.

Finally, around 7:30 p.m. in the 5300 block of West Congress Parkway in the South Austin neighborhood, the van crashed into a marked police vehicle. Then the burglary suspect got out of the van and began running, pointing his handgun at officers chasing him, police said.

Police fired at the suspect, and opened fire a second time after the suspect fled into a gangway, climbed a gate and again pointed the gun at officers, the statement said.

He continued to flee and was arrested a short time later hiding on the roof in the 5300 block of West Harrison Street, police said.

Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines confirmed the suspect was shot by police. The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle and was taken to Loretto Hospital, Camden said.

No. 7 Harrison buses were rerouted in the area because of the police activity, according to the Chicago Transit Authority.

The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates all police-involved shootings, confirmed an officer fired a weapon.

No police officers were hurt, and officials continue to investigate whether any other suspects were involved with the chase, according to police News Affairs.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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