Cops Search for Suspect in Officer Shootings

"Multiple individuals as potential witnesses" are being questioned, police said

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    Police Supt. Garry McCarthy reacts to news that two officers were shot while investigating what appeared to be a drug transaction. (Published Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011)

    UPDATE: Police confirm they're questioning a "person of interest."

    A Chicago Police officer was treated and released from Stroger Hospital Tuesday morning after he and another officer were struck in an overnight shooting on the city's West Side, police say.

    The second officer remains hospitalized but is in good spirits, according to Chicago Police News Affairs.

    Police continued the hunt Tuesday for a shooting suspect, though "multiple individuals as potential witnesses" are being questioned.

    The shooting happened at about 10:45 p.m. Monday in the Harrison District on the West Side, police said, after the officers suspected a drug deal and tried conducting a street stop.

    One officer, 29, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, said Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. The other officer, also 29, had a graze wound to the head and a gunshot wound to the left arm. Both officers are expected to recover.

    "It was a very serious wound, but you know what, God was with us tonight," McCarthy told reporters Monday.

    The officers had gone into an alley on Karlov Avenue between Jackson Boulevard and Adams Street to question a man in a possibly drug-related interview. A suspect fired several shots, striking both officers, police said. One officer returned fire, though it is unknown if the man was struck. He fled the scene.

    Police searched the area, on foot and in helicopters.

    Pat Camden, spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, said there were at least five police-involved shootings in the past 72 hours. “Violence is increasing,” he said.