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Chicago Officer Shot in Lawndale, Police Say

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A Chicago police officer was wounded in a shooting early Wednesday morning on the city's West Side, according to police.

Authorities said the shooting happened at around 3:45 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Lawndale Avenue in the city's Lawndale neighborhood.

The officer was responding to a call for a domestic dispute when he was shot by the suspect from a third floor window, according to police.

"When they arrived, the suspect, who was on a third floor peering out the window, spoke to officers briefly; officers engaged in a conversation," CPD Supt. David Brown said at a news conference on the shooting.

"Officers deployed deescalation tactics but almost immediately the suspect began firing at the officers from a handgun down on the ground level from the third floor, striking one of our officers in the leg," Brown said.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown delivers an update after an officer was shot while responding to a domestic violence call in Lawndale early Wednesday.

The officer was alert after the shooting, Brown said, and was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he was listed in serious condition.

Brown said the officers did not return fire as they proceeded to enter the apartment after the shooting and took the suspect into custody. He noted that the suspect was previously convicted of felony gun charges.

The suspect's partner, as well as a child that was inside the home during the shooting, were both unharmed in the domestic incident and shooting, officials said.

Brown noted that this was the fourth officer struck by gunfire in the past week, saying it "speaks to the courage, bravery and dedication of the Chicago Police Department and its officers during this unprecedented time."

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