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BREAKING: 3 Undercover Officers Shot

Chicago, IL – Three law enforcement officers were shot while driving on an expressway in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago on Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred just before 5:50 a.m. on July 7 near the Chicago Police Department’s 22nd District police station near 119th Street and the ramp onto Interstate 57, the Associated Press reported.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters at a press conference after the shootings that the three law enforcement officers were in an unmarked, undercover vehicle when they were shot.

Superintendent Brown said all three officers were senior officials working in an undercover capacity and they were attempting to enter the freeway when their vehicle came under fire, FOX News reported.

He said the officers were on their way to an assignment when the gunfire erupted, the Associated Press reported.

The superintendent said two of the officers were Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents.

He the third wounded hero was a Chicago police officer, the Associated Press reported.

Superintendent Brown declined to provide any details about what kind of assignment the three undercover officers were on when they were shot.

He also would not say whether the gunman or gunmen knew the undercover officers were actually law enforcement, the Associated Press reported.

One of the ATF agents was shot in the hand and the other was shot in the side torso, FOX News reported.

One of the agents was female.

Superintendent Brown said a male Chicago police officer was hit in the back of the head but only sustained a graze wound, according to FOX News.

All three wounded law enforcement officers were transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of their gunshot wounds.

“Our officers are performing their jobs at the highest levels. They’re risking everything to protect the people of Chicago,” Superintendent Brown told reporters. “And this includes our collaboration with ATF. ATF officers are also giving everything to protect the people of Chicago. No one would do what these officers do. This is a very challenging time to be in law enforcement, but they are rising to the challenge.”

“The work that they do is extremely dangerous,” he added.

No arrests have been made in the attack on the officers, the Associated Press reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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