Wounded Officer Will be OK

Bullet reportedly ricocheted off officer's vest and hit him in the arm

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    The officer, a member of the 5th District tactical team, was wounded on the 100 block of West 102nd Street while responding to a call that people involved with a shooting earlier in the day were in the area.

    A Chicago police officer is expected to be OK after being shot on the city's far south side.

    The officer, a member of the 5th District tactical team, was wounded on the 100 block of West 102nd Street while responding to a call that people involved with a shooting earlier in the day were in the area.

    As two officers walked up to the rear of a residence, they were fired upon, officials said. A bullet ricocheted off the officer's vest and hit his arm, they said.

    "This officer is very fortunate. His life may have been saved by his bulletproof vest," said police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

    The 41-year-old officer returned fire but didn't hit anyone. He was transported to Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn and was listed in stable condition.

    "His family is stunned, relieved and happy. All at the same time," said McCarthy of the 7-year veteran.

    Police said they have at least two suspected shooters in custody and have recovered a rifle and a revolver.