decorated Chicago police officer was awake and aware this afternoon after being shot in the chest during a foot chase on the South Side, authorities say. A person of interest is being questioned.
South Chicago District tactical officer Del Pearson, 47, was shot just above his bulletproof vest and underwent surgery through the night at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.
Doctors' first priority was to stop the bleeding, and the bullet remains lodged near Pearson's spine, McCarthy told reporters outside the hospital this morning. "He's holding his own."
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