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2 Chicago police officers shot in Lawndale on West Side, taken to hospital, officials say

CHICAGO (WLS) — Two Chicago police officers were shot Sunday morning in Lawndale on the West Side.

The shooting happened about 7:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of South Lawndale Avenue, Chicago police said.

A man fired shots at the two officers who approached him, according to Chicago police.

The officers were transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital, according to CPD spokesman Tom Ahern.

One officer is in critical, but stable after being shot in the hip and shoulder-upper chest area, according to police. The other is in good condition after being struck in the hand, police added.

Police officials and Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the shooting Sunday morning at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

“This is the 29th officer in 2021 with the Chicago Police Department shot at or shot,” said CPD Supt. David Brown. “The fifth and sixth officers shot in 2021. This totals for the last 15 months a 108 shot at or shot. Sixteen shot in the last 15 months.”
“It just underscores the danger the men and women in the police department face every single day,” Mayor Lightfoot said.

The person who fired shots at the officers was also struck, according to Ahern. One of the officers returned fire and struck him on the leg, police said.

A weapon was recovered and the offender was then placed into custody, according to a preliminary statement from Supt. Brown.

That offender’s condition is stable at Stroger Hospital, police said.

The specifics of the incident, including the comprehensive use of force investigation, are being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability with full cooperation of the Chicago Police Department, the statement said. The officers involved will be placed on routine administrative duties for a period of 30 days, the statement added.

Sun-Times Media contributed to this report.

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