Man Charged in Police Officer's Shooting

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014  |  Updated 5:39 PM CDT
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James Garland

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A Chicago police officer was hit in the head by a bullet while executing a search warrant on Chcago's south side on Sunday night.
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A Far South Side man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting of a Chicago police officer Sunday.

James Garland, 53, is charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm.

Police say the shooting happened while officers were executing a drug-related search warrant at a home in the 2700 block of East 92nd Street.

Garland is accused of firing a gun in the 34-year-old officers' direction. The bullet ricocheted off of a piece of wood and grazed an officer in the head.

The 11-year veteran of the police force was released from the hospital the next day.

Six people were taken into custody for questioning and at least one weapon was recovered, police said.

The wounded officer's name was not publicly released, but NBC Chicago was told his father was also a Chicago police officer and that he is married to another officer. He has earned more than 200 awards during his time on the force.

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