Evanston Officer Shot, Returns Fire

Officer injured during response to domestic dispute

EVANSTON, Ill. -- A domestic-dispute call turned violent Wednesday, leaving a police officer shot and a man seriously wounded in north suburban Evanston.

The officer, whom police declined to identify, sustained a minor gunshot wound and was being treated at a local hospital.

The other person injured, who was in more serious condition, underwent surgery at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston. Evanston police Commander Tom Guenther declined to call the man's condition life-threatening.

He said investigators are trying to piece together details of the incident, which occurred about 8:56 a.m. after a woman reached out to a police officer she knew.

The officer was busy, Guenther said, so he relayed the news to headquarters, which dispatched officers to the scene. As officers headed off to the area, it was relayed that there could be weapons involved, and they were warned to "be careful," Guenther said.

At the scene, officers attempted to make contact with someone there, Guenther said. A gun was displayed, he said, declining to elaborate.

A short while later, officers were dispatched to the residence, at 1506 Pitner Avenue, on a shots-fired call.

Katrina Johnson, whose sister, Latrisha, is dating the man taken to the hospital from that incident, said the two had "the usual arguments between boyfriend and girlfriend," but didn't know of any abusive incidents. "We're baffled like everyone else," she said.

No charges had been filed by midday Wednesday, he said, and the investigation is ongoing. Guenther said Wednesday afternoon it had not yet been determined that the man who was hospitalized shot the officer.

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