CHICAGO (STMW) – A former Chicago Police officer was shot when he exchanged gunfire with a suspect who tried to rob a restaurant Tuesday night on the South Side.

About 6:15 p.m. at 4653 S. Halsted St. a man who is a former police officer was shot in the hand, according to a Wentworth Area police sergeant.

The incident happened at Big Ray’s Grill when the armed suspect jumped behind the counter where the owner was and demanded money from the register, Deering District police Capt. Kevin Navarro said.

The suspect also pointed the weapon at a former police officer inside the restaurant who pulled his gun, the captain said. The two exchanged gunfire, and former officer was hit once in the hand and the suspect fled.

It was not immediately known whether the suspect was also wounded but the captain said there were no other reports of injuries.

The victim was taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center where his injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to the sergeant. Navarro said he was listed in good condition.

The suspect was described as a black man with a dark complexion and braids, 5-foot-9 to 6-foot, wearing black jeans and a yellow long-sleeved shirt and weighing about 200 pounds, according to Navarro.

No arrests have been made and the incident.

Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.

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