Police Officer Recovers After Being Shot

The officer was shot through the hand, police said

By Christian Farr and Ally Clark
|  Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:15 PM CDT
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Police Officer Recovers After Being Shot

A Chicago police officer was released from the hospital Sunday evening after being wounded during an afternoon shooting.

The officer was shot through the hand, police said, after a struggle with a suspect in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood.

Gang Enforcement officers responded around 4 p.m. to a call of a man walking with a gun in the 6800 block of South Stony Island.

"The officers observed a number of people in the area, one of whom turned and fled, three officers pursued," said Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy during a press conference. "A struggle ensued when they caught up to him." 

McCarthy said a man, Cortez Ross, pulled out a gun and shot the officer through the hand. The officer's partner then shot Ross three times, according to McCarthy. 

Ross' family told NBCChicago he is a good kid and did not have a gun. They said Ross was walking back from the store with friends when several detectives tried to take him into custody. 

The officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries, said Langford.

Ross was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition with multiple gunshot wounds, said Langford. 

Police said they recovered a weapon on the scene, and Calumet Area detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority are investigating.

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