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BREAKING: 2 Chicago Officers Shot Outside Hot Dog Stand

Chicago, IL – Two Chicago police officers were shot while ordering food at a hot dog stand early Friday morning.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the incident occurred at the Original Maxwell Street hot dog stand located in the 3800-block of West Harrison Street at approximately 3:30 a.m. on March 4, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Two on-duty Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers pulled up at the food joint and one of them exited the patrol car and got into line to order food while the other waited in the cruiser.

The officer was standing in line behind another customer who had already placed an order, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

When the man reached into his pocket to grab money to pay for his food, a gun fell from his waistband, according to Superintendent Brown.

“The officer noticed the gun falling out, but before they could take action, the offender grabbed the gun, picked it up and began immediately shooting at the officers,” the superintendent said.

One of the rounds grazed the face of the officer who was standing in line, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The shooter fired at least three more times into the patrol car, hitting the second officer in the leg.

“I got shot in the head, I got shot in the head,” the first officer said over his radio. “Dropped an extended clip right in front of me, picked it up, shot me, graze wound in the right side of my head and my partner was shot in the leg.”

Neither officer returned fire during the attack and the suspect immediately fled the scene, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

An undercover CPD officer happened to be in the area and heard the gunfire, according to Superintendent Brown.

He and additional officers spotted the gunman and chased after him, running through various alleys for about a half mile before they apprehended him in the 100-block of South Pulaski Road, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“We’ve retrieved a gun and detectives are on scene getting as much information, video and witness information as we can,” Superintendent Brown said.

The suspect did not have an extensive prior criminal history, according to WGN.

Both officers were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment and are expected to recover from their wounds, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“They (the wounded officers) were really ambushed,” Superintendent Brown told reporters. “When the offender dropped the gun, before they could react, he began shooting, so they had no time to react. They were wounded and the offender fled, and thank God for that undercover officer nearby and officers were running around after this offender before he could escape.”

The wounded officers have been placed on routine administrative duty for a period of 30 days, according to the CPD.

The superintendent said the CPD needs the community’s support.

“May the good Lord bless the men and women of the Chicago Police Department. They work tirelessly to risk everything for all of our safety,” he said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “We should give them a real big ‘thank you’ this morning and please, prayers for them and their families as they go through this process.”

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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