Retired CPD Deputy Chief Shot In South Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A shooting occurred Wednesday morning in the South Chicago neighborhood, with a victim exchanging gunfire with an offender near 81st and Essex.

A 73-year-old retired Chicago Police officer was talking to someone, when an offender was said to have attempted to rob him in the 8100 block of South Essex at 9:35 a.m., CBS 2’s Sandra Torres reports.

“Gun offenders in Chicago do not discriminate,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said in a statement.

Retired Deputy Chief Fred Coffey was shot first, in the shoulder by the offender. He returned fire, shooting the suspect in leg.

Coffey was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized. The suspect, a 21-year-old man, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was also stabilized, police said.

“Their reckless conduct and lack of respect puts families, public servants and anything that stands in their way at risk,” Johnson said. “Enough is Enough. Retired Deputy Chief Coffey was a great police officer and public servant to the people of Chicago and I am glad he is okay. I will continue to fight hard for better laws to keep repeat offenders behind bars and I’m asking Chicago to help by giving CPD the tools to keep our community safe.”

The suspect remains in custody.

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