Monday, March 19, 2012
On Duty Chicago Police Officer Shot On Far Southeast Side - 84th And Kingston
Happened at 10:50 pm tonight, shot in chest - No further info at this time....
Say prayers for the officer please
A 47-year-old Chicago Police officer was in critical condition after being shot in the chest Monday night in the South Chicago neighborhood, police said.
The male officer was chasing a suspect on foot when he was shot about 10:45 p.m. in the 8400 block of South Kingston, Chicago Police spokeswoman Melissa Stratton said.
He was chasing a person who fled from a group of four youths who were suspected of violating curfew, officials said.
The suspect had run into an alley and then to front yard. The eight veteran was shot in the yard.
The officer also is believed to have fired back at the suspect, said Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Faternal Order of Police.
But it is unclear whether the suspect was wounded, Camden said.
Dozens of fellow officers gathered at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn and were anxiously awaiting news of his condition. The officer was in surgery, police chaplain Rev. Daniel Brandt said.
The officer worked in the 4th District.
Police did not immediately have any information about whether a suspect was in custody.
The shooting happened after a violent weekend in which nine people were killed.