Man Charged After Officers Shot During Traffic Stop

He was charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder

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    Two Chicago Police officers were shot during a traffic stop, officials said. Susan Carlson reports. (Published Saturday, Jun 7, 2014)

    A man was charged Sunday after police allege he shot two officers during a traffic stop Friday night.

    Malik Shabazz, 29, was charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder, police said.

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    According to First Deputy Superintendent Al Wysinger, officers attempted to pull over of a vehicle for a traffic stop just before 11:30 p.m. at 93rd Street and Wallace Avenue and when the officers exited their vehicle a man inside the vehicle opened fire.

    The officers returned fire, striking both a man and a woman inside the vehicle, Wysinger said.

    Both officers and the offenders were injured in the shooting and taken to area hospitals.

    Officials said a 38-year-old officer and 12-year veteran of the department suffered a gunshot wound to the knee and was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he is expected to recover.

    A 31-year-old officer was treated and released after being hit in his bullet proof vest, Wysinger said.

    The officers were part of the Gang Enforcement Division and police said both have received numerous awards during their time with the department.

    Shabazz remained in the hospital Sunday after being shot during the incident, officials said.

    The woman, who was said to be the driver of the vehicle, was transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital with a wound to the shoulder, police said.