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Off-Duty Female Chicago Officer Found Dead With Gunshot Wound

An off-duty female Chicago police officer was found shot Saturday night on the Near West Side.

The incident happened at 9:33 p.m. in the 900 block of South Bell in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood, according to Chicago police.

The woman, a 47-year-old who lived on that block, was pronounced dead at 9:55 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday.

The Chicago Tribune reported that initially, reporters were told that a suspect was in custody, however, authorities now say that is inaccurate.

Chicago Police Spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi tweeted around 8:40 a.m. Sunday saying, "CASE UPDATE: Prelim investigation reveals possible self-inflicted gunshot wound. Detectives have classified this as a death investigation as we investigate the circumstances leading up to the shooting & await confirmation & additional info from the medical examiner."

Depending on the medical examiner’s ruling, the death could mark the second suicide of the year involving a Chicago police officer. Last year, four CPD officers took their own lives.

Authorities did not immediately release more details about the death.

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