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Chicago Police Superintendent McCarthy Released From Hospital

Chicago Police News Affairs Director Adam Collins said McCarthy is “looking forward to being back on patrol very soon”

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    McCarthy woke up with chest pains and drove himself to the hospital. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski has reaction.

    Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has been released from the hospital after having a procedure done to address blockage to his arteries, officials said.

    Chicago Police News Affairs Director Adam Collins said Saturday that McCarthy is “doing very well, resting comfortably at home and looking forward to being back on patrol very soon.”

    Sources told NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern on Thursday that McCarthy woke up with chest pain. He took aspirin and drove himself to the emergency room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital where an EKG revealed blockage.

    "The Superintendent appreciates everyone's well wishes and is looking forward to being back on patrol with his fellow police officers very soon," Collins told NBC Chicago.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited McCarthy in the hospital Thursday and other law enforcement types are expressing their well wishes.

    "Our thoughts are with Chicago's police superintendent and we all wish him a speedy recovery," U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon said at a Thursday event where McCarthy was also scheduled to attend.

    McCarthy didn't appear to show any signs of illness while speaking at a violence summit on Wednesday. He also attended a Dinner with Luminaries charity event at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion Wednesday night and was seen leaving that event at about 10:45 p.m.

    First Deputy Superintendent Alfonza Wysinger is in charge of the department while McCarthy is out, Collins said.