2 Chicago Police Officers Wounded in Overnight Shooting on West Side

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Two Chicago police officers suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot outside a West Garfield Park restaurant overnight.

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One man is in custody after he allegedly shot the two officers, who were both treated at a local hospital and are expected to survive, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department.

The officers were at The Original Maxwell Street restaurant in the 3800 block of West Harrison Street at around 3:30 a.m. Friday, police said. Police Superintendent David Brown said the officers were taking a “lunch break” during their overnight shift and had stopped to get a hot dog.

One officer was in line behind the suspect, while the other waited in the car. As the suspect reached into his pocket to get money to pay for his order, a firearm dropped out and fell to the ground.

According to Brown, the man grabbed the gun and began firing at police “without warning.” The officer in line suffered a graze wound to the head, while the officer in the squad car was struck in the leg. Neither officer returned fire, police said.

The suspect then attempted to flee, but was arrested by other officers nearby. Police said a firearm was recovered.

“This really was a bang-bang moment,” Brown said, noting that officers didn’t have time to activate their body cams or even draw their own weapons. “(He) drops the gun, picks it up and fires immediately.”

According to Brown, one officer has been treated at the hospital and released Friday morning, while the other will remain hospitalized for a few days. They will both be placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days.

The suspect has not yet been charged with a crime. Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan wouldn’t speculate on the potential criminal charges the suspect could face since the incident happened so recently, but added that “obviously he attempted to kill a police officer.”

According to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, these are the third and fourth CPD officers to be shot at or shot thus far in 2022.

“This morning’s attack is a stark reminder of the incredible dangers that our police officers face on a daily basis in order to keep our city safe,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “It also underscores that there are way too many people carrying illegal firearms and proves why diligent law enforcement action against illegal firearm possession is essential to our public safety.​”

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