2 Cops Injured in Chase After Witnessing Shooting

The officers saw a man firing a handgun at a 19-year-old shortly after midnight

By Lauren Jiggetts
|  Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011  |  Updated 9:47 AM CDT
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2 Cops Injured in Chase

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Two Chicago police officers were injured early Tuesday after witnessing a shooting.

The Fraternal Order of Police said the officers saw a man shooting a 19-year-old man shortly after midnight in the 7100 block of South Ashland Avenue.

The officers fired their weapons but did not hit the offender, and the suspect jumped into a car and raced west. Several blocks away, the car collided into the squad car at 7311 S. Hermitage Ave, injuring the two officers. 

"You see young police officers doing their job in the wee hours of the morning, then come upon a shooting in progress," said FOP spokesman Pat Camden. "When you see somebody being shot and you're a police officer, you take action."

The officers were treated for bumps and bruises and released Tuesday morning.

Police confirmed the 19-year-old man was shot in the shoulder by the suspect and listed in fair-to-serious condition at a nearby hospital.

The suspect is in custody, and two other men in the suspect's getaway car were arrested. No charges were filed as of Tuesday morning. 

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