Officers investigating suspicious persons on Monday of three men around 4:30 P.M. close to the 2300 block of South Trumbull Ave. in what is known as Chicago’s Little Village were sent to the hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.
Officers approached three men who were reportedly acting suspiciously according to Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson. When the two officers attempted to question the three men the men ran and the officers perused them. One of the men turned and shot one of the officers in the shoulder.
A distress call was sent out on the radio by the shot officer calmly stating “He pitched a pistol, looks like I’ve been shot in the left shoulder,” The officers partner was able to eventually take the suspect into custody by use of a taser.
The other two suspects fled on foot and were not apprehended at the scene.
Both officers were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital where they were treated for injuries. The one officer for a shoulder injury from a gunshot wound and the other officer from a knife wound he received in the hand during the apprehension of the suspect.
The officer who was shot was reportedly a 9 year veteran of the force. A Hi-Point .45-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene.
This is the fifth Chicago police officer wounded this year, the fourth while on duty. All the officers have survived their wounds.