Two in Custody After Gun Pointed at Police

Officer shoots passenger in car

Sunday, Nov 27, 2011  |  Updated 12:07 PM CDT
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Two in Custody After Gun Pointed at Police

Someone shot at an off-duty officer in the River North neighborhood last night, according to police.

Two people are in custody after an off-duty Chicago Police officer shot a person who allegedly pointed a gun at him early Sunday in the River North neighborhood.

The suspect pointed a weapon at the off-duty officer about 4 a.m. near North Franklin and West Erie streets, police said. Independent Police Review Authority spokesman Eric Mullenback said the officer fired their weapon.

Two people were taken into custody less than 10 minutes later near the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) and West Lawrence Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines said.

Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said the off-duty officer saw a fight in an alley and went to investigate. Two people got into a car and the passenger pointed a gun at the officer as it drove past.

The officer shot the passenger in the hand the vehicle drove away, Camden said. Responding officers broadcast a description of the vehicle, which was found with a weapon inside on the Northwest Side.

The passenger was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand. The officer was not injured.

No charges have been filed against either suspect as of Sunday morning.

The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates all police-involved shootings, and Belmont Area detectives are investigating.

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