Officer Wounded in South Side Shooting

Monday, May 6, 2013  |  Updated 11:47 PM CDT
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Officer Wounded in South Side Shooting

A Chicago police officer was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital of Cook County on Monday night after being wounded in a shooting on the city's south side.

In a statement, the Chicago Police Department said officers were responding to a home on the 1220 block of West 72nd Place at about 9 p.m. for a call of a burglary in progress when they were "confronted by a vicious dog."

The dog charged at them, officials said, and one officer fired his weapon, striking the animal. One of the officers was shot in the leg.

Officials didn't say how the officer was shot but said the injury was not life-threatening.

Chicago Animal Care & Control was on the scene tending to the animal during the 10 p.m. hour. One pit bull -- with its tail wagging -- was seen being removed from the home.

The incident remained under investigation late Monday, officials said.

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