CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago police officer has been released from the hospital, after he was shot during a drug raid on the Southeast Side.
Police said a narcotics team was executing a search warrant at a home in the 2700 block of East 92nd Street around 8:45 p.m. Sunday, when someone inside the house shot at the officers.
A bullet ricocheted off a piece of wood, and struck a 34-year-old tactical officer in the face.
“Very, very fortunate, because it hit him basically right in his forehead, almost right between his eyes. At this point, he’s got a fragment that’s lodged in his forehead,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.
A squad car took the officer to Advocate Trinity Hospital, and was later transferred by ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was released from Northwestern early Monday morning.
“He’s pretty dazed,” McCarthy said. “He got hit pretty hard but he’s in good shape.”
The superintendent said the officer was in good spirits and joking around after the shooting. He described the officer as exceptional, and said the officer has received 245 commendations during his time with the Police Department.
“Right now, we’re just really pleased that the officer is doing as well as he is,” “he comes from a family of police. His father was a policeman. He’s married to a police officer. His father-in-law is a police officer active on the Chicago Police Department right now.”
Police said six people who were at the home were taken into custody, and a weapon was recovered at the scene. McCarthy said he’s confident the gunman is one of the people in custody.