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Off-Duty Cop Shot In Neck On Way To Work, Witness Wounded While Helping Her

Chicago, IL – An off-duty Merrionette Park police officer was shot on Chicago’s South Side while she was on her way to work early Saturday night.

The 51-year-old off-duty officer was traveling in the 2300-block of East 103rd Street in the South Deering neighborhood at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 when the driver of a white Chevrolet sedan began trying to stop her vehicle, WLS reported.

In addition to repeatedly trying to stop the officer, the driver of the suspect vehicle also kept blocking her attempts to pass him, according to police.

The suspect vehicle was on the driver’s side of the officer’s vehicle when someone inside the Chevrolet suddenly opened fire on the off-duty officer, WLS reported.

The suspect vehicle crashed into another car a moment later, at which point the officer got out of her own vehicle and announced herself as a Merrionette Park Police Department (MPPD) officer, according to WGN.

That’s when a passenger allegedly got out of the crashed Chevrolet and opened fire on the off-duty officer yet again.

The officer was shot in the neck during the attack but was able to return fire, hitting her attacker, WLS reported.

Investigators said that one of the two suspects escaped on foot prior to their arrival, according to WGN.

The second suspect was taken into custody.

A 43-year-old good Samaritan who jumped in to help the wounded officer during the incident was shot in both legs during the gun battle, WLS reported.

He and the wounded officer were both rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Police said the Good Samaritan is expected to survive, WLS reported.

Doctors determined the gunshot wound to the officer’s neck was superficial, so she was treated and released to continue her recovery at home.

Investigators said two other people were injured as a result of the motor vehicle crash, WGN reported.

They were both transported to Trinity Hospital in unknown condition.

No additional information was immediately released.

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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