Chicago Cop Struck in Head with Baseball Bat

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    A Chicago Police officer was left in serious condition after he was struck in the head with a baseball bat while trying to break up a street fight. Susan Carlson reports.

    A Chicago Police officer was left in serious condition after he was struck in the head with a baseball bat while trying to break up a street fight early Saturday morning on the city’s South Side.

    The officer was transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where officials said his condition was stabilized Saturday morning.

    The officer was responding to a call about a battery in progress around 12:30 a.m. in the 5700 block of South Winchester in the West Englewood neighborhood, officials said.

    Several men were in the street fighting and when the officer attempted to break up the fight he was struck on the head and attacked with a baseball bat, according to authorities.

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    Police said the fighting offenders fled the scene and no suspects were in custody as of Saturday morning.

    Blocks away, another officer was targeted after a gunman opened fire on an unmarked police car in the 6600 block of South Oakley Avenue.

    The officer was not injured in the shooting, officials said, but the car was damaged by several bullet holes.

    No suspects have been arrested and it was not clear if the incidents were related.