Man Charged in Officer Shootings

Daniel Jones was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer

Thursday, Jul 21, 2011  |  Updated 9:39 AM CDT
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A Chicago man has been charged in connection with the Monday night shooting of two police officers on the city's west side.

Daniel Jones, 27, was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, according to Chicago police. Jones previously faced felony convictions for drug and weapon offenses, Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Sally Daly told the Chicago Tribune.

The two officers, both 29, were conducting a drug investigation near Karlov and Wilcox shortly before 11 p.m. Monday. They had stepped out of their car in the alley and were approaching two suspects when gunfire erupted and both officers were wounded.

One suffered a gunshot wound to the head, the bullet lodging behind his ear. The second had a graze wound to his head and a second wound to his arm.

Both are expected to recover.

"God was with us tonight," police superintendent Garry McCarthy said during a brief appearance outside Stroger Hospital. "One of the officers did return fire. We’re not sure if he struck anybody at this point."

Jones is scheduled to appear in bond court Thursday.

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