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Cops Duck Bullets Chasing Down Shooting Suspects

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CHICAGO (CBS) — One man is hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound suffered in a late-afternoon confrontation on the South Side.

Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said officers ducked bullets to track down two suspects.

Camden said that the two Englewood District tactical officers responded at about 4:35 p.m. Tuesday when hearing shots fired in the vicinity of 59th Street and Princeton Avenue. He said the officers spotted a man wounded on the sidewalk as two men with guns ran from the scene. Each officer pursued one of the gunmen.

Camden said in both cases, the men being pursued turned and fired on police, who managed to duck the bullets. In both cases, Camden said, the suspects were taken into custody without further injury and the guns recovered.

Chicago Police News Affairs spokesman Veejay Zala said that the wounded man was transported to Stroger Cook County Hospital. No word was available immediately on his condition.

Camden said that initial reports of a police-involved shooting were erroneous.

Area South detectives are investigating.