An officer was seriously injured after being hit by a CPD vehicle during a police pursuit Thursday in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood, police said as a search for two suspects continues in the city.
The incident happened just after 1 p.m. in an alley in the 1800 block of South Drake Avenue, authorities said.
CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said an officer was struck by a vehicle following a "pursuit of a potential gun offender." Ambulances were called to the scene, according to Chicago Police News Affairs.
According to authorities, officers were monitoring a funeral in the area when they "attempted to engage an armed person."
Police pursued a vehicle and someone inside threw a gun out of the car during the pursuit, they said. At one point, people in the vehicle fled on foot and as an officer got out of his car to chase after them, he was struck by a responding CPD vehicle, police said.
The officer was taken to an area hospital in serious but stable condition, according to Deputy Chief Ernest Cato with Area North Detectives.
Two suspects were taken into custody, but police were still searching for two others as of Thursday afternoon.
The officer who was hit has been on the force for four and a half years, Cato said. The gun that was thrown out of the car was recovered from the scene, he added.
Police urged residents to avoid the area and warned of street closures as emergency vehicles "converge on the area."
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