Chicago, IL – An off-duty Chicago police officer was shot early Sunday morning by two suspects who investigators believe may have also shot a 22-year-old man in the head during a robbery just minutes later.
According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), a 54-year-old, off-duty CPD officer was walking westbound in the 2200-block of West Montrose shortly before 4:30 a.m. on April 2 when two men armed with handguns exited a dark-colored vehicle and opened fire on him, CWB reported.
Investigators said the off-duty officer, a 26-year veteran of the department, was not struck by the gunfire.
He drew his own gun out during the confrontation, but did not return fire, according to police.
The veteran officer’s identity was not released.
Officers recovered a gun that had been dropped by one of the suspects at the scene, CWB reported.
According to police, a second attack occurred just 10 minutes later in the 1900-block of West Bryon, near Lincoln Avenue.
Investigators said a 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were walking down the street when four men armed with guns pulled up in a dark-colored car and robbed them, CWB reported.
One of the suspects shot the male victim in the head during the holdup, police said.
No arrests were immediately made.
The condition of the victim who was shot is unknown.
The CPD’s Area Three detectives are handling the ongoing investigations into both incidents, according to CWB.
The shootings occurred just one day after a crew of armed suspects carried out a string of 10 separate robberies throughout the city, CWB reported.
Eleven victims were robbed during the attacks, which occurred in North Center, Avondale, Lakeview, and Albany Park, police said.
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