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Off-Duty Chicago Cop Shot In The Face, Search For Her Shooter Continues

Chicago, IL – An off-duty Chicago police officer was shot in the face by a road-raging gunman on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

The incident occurred near North Elston Avenue and West Addison Street in Irving Park at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 20, WMAQ reported.

Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent David Brown said that an off-duty female CPD officer was driving down the street behind a black SUV when the SUV stopped abruptly in front of her.

“Preliminarily, subject to change, our officer was apparently rear-ended and pushed after the rear-ending, but we don’t know any more other than that,” Superintendent Brown said, according to WLS.

That’s when someone inside a vehicle opened fire on her, WMAQ reported.

Investigators said they do not believe the officer returned fire, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The officer was hit in the face by gunfire but was able to maintain consciousness, Superintendent Brown said.

She was rushed to Illinois Masonic Hospital with serious injuries and is expected to survive, WMAQ reported.

“Thank goodness that she is going to be able to recover,” Superintendent Brown said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Her identity was not immediately released.

The wounded hero is a 27-year-old probationary officer, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The suspect fled the scene after the shooting, triggering a massive search in Hollywood Park.

Officers and K9 units were seen combing spaces between homes on Tuesday afternoon, WMAQ reported.

Police closed down roadways in the area of the shooting and also shut down the entrance and exit ramps near Kennedy Expressway and Lawrence Avenue for a period of time.

Investigators attempted to stop the suspect’s back SUV near Laverne and Lawrence Avenue, but the gunman managed to escape after crashing into two CPD vehicles, WGN reported.

One officer opened fire on the suspect, but it is unclear whether or not the gunman was hit.

The CPD later said they located the suspect’s vehicle abandoned in the 5800-block of Drake Avenue, but no one had been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon, WLS reported.

The CPD urged anyone with any information about the incident to contact investigators immediately.

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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