CHICAGO (CBS)– A Chicago police officer was shot in the Lawndale neighborhood early Wednesday morning.
According to police, officers responded to a call of domestic violence at a third floor apartment in the 1300 block of South Lawndale Avenue around 3:45 a.m.READ MORE: A 16-Year-Old & A 26 Year-old Are Charged In Connection With Shooting Death Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega
As officers tried to deescalate the situation, the offender fired shots at police from the 3rd floor window and struck an officer. Police did not fire shots.
The officer was shot in the leg and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she spoke to the wounded officer Wednesday morning, and wished him a speedy recovery.
“As you would expect, he’s tired, and suffering from the trauma that he received, but in very good spirits,” she said.
The suspect is in custody. Police Supt. David Brown confirmed the suspect is a felony gun offender.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Slight Warm Up Overnight, Lake Effect Snow Returns
The area between 16th Street and Roosevelt Road is closed off due to police activity.
This was the fourth CPD officer shot by a suspect in the last week.
Three officers were shot on Thursday outside the Grand Central District police station at 5555 W. Grand Av., when a handcuffed suspect managed to get his hands in front of him, and pull out a gun he had concealed during his arrest. The most seriously wounded officer was still in the hospital on Tuesday, but out of a medically induced coma.
The gunman, 26-year-old Lovelle Jordan, of Maywood, has been charged with six felony counts of attempted murder, one felony count of aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, two felony counts of drug possession, one felony count of illegal possession of a weapon by a felon, one felony count of being an armed habitual criminal, and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, police said. He is being held without bail.
“It stands as the latest searing reminder of the danger our officers face every single day they put on the uniform and walk out their front door. I want to applaud the officers on the scene for their professionalism in handling the situation despite incredibly dangerous circumstances,” Lightfoot said of the officers who have been shot in the past week.MORE NEWS: Ald. Carrie Austin Thanks City Council, Mayor For Support After Her Collapse At December Meeting
This is a developing story.