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Man Charged In Shooting, Chase That Left Officers Injured

Terry Pruitt

Terry Pruitt is charged in a shooting in Englewood that led to a chase and crash, which left two Chicago Police officers injured. (Credit: Chicago Police)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Authorities have charged a man in a shooting and chase this week, which left two officers injured on the city’s South Side.

Terry Pruitt, of the 7300 block of South Hermitage Avenue, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer with a firearm, and unlawful possession of a firearm, in the Tuesday morning incident. He is scheduled to appear in bond court later Wednesday.

The chain of events started at a Marathon gas station in the 7100 block of South Ashland Avenue, in the Englewood neighborhood, just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Police saw a gunman shoot and wound a 19-year-old man.

“They literally see a guy walk up and shoot the victim at point blank range,” said Chicago Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden.

Officers fired shots at the gunman, but missed.

The suspect then jumped into a vehicle and took off.

Police pursued the getaway car, until the squad car crashed into the suspect’s vehicle at 73rd Street and Hermitage Avenue.

Police said the gunman tried to run away, but was arrested, along with two other men inside the getaway car.

Two officers suffered minor injuries, limited to bumps and bruises. They were treated and released from MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.

The shooting victim was wounded in the shoulder, and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Two others were also arrested in connection with the incident. Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines told the Sun-Times Media Wire Wednesday morning he did not know of charges pending for anyone else.