Published: Thu, May 04, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

Chicago Police say 2 officers shot and wounded

They were followed to 43rd and Ashland where they came under fire shortly after 9 p.m., said Anthony Guglielmi, the chief spokesman for the police department.

Late Tuesday night, two Chicago Police Department officers were shot when they were ambushed by the occupants of two vehicles who pulled up on either side of the auto the officers were in and one of the occupants opened fire.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The officers were in an unmarked vehicle so it's unclear whether or not the shooters knew their victims were police officers. A special prayer at the 9th District, where both officer work, for both the injured officers and their families was held Wednesday. Eddie Johnson said at a press conference Tuesday night. The officers were in the vicinity to conduct a follow-up investigation, in regards to a previous shooting that took place when two vehicles pulled up next to each other and the occupants opened fire. Supt. Johnson said a few persons of interest are being questioned at this time. Johnson said that both of the police officers "were alert and expected to recover". "If they will fire at police officers like that, then they have no type of thought process in terms of firing at other citizens in this great city". Two officers arrived with a box of coffee and a large bag.

"We have to get serious about doing what it takes to keep guns out of the hands of repeat offenders", he said.

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"I'm asking that we do something now in Springfield to curb this gun violence to help the police officers, to help them do their jobs", he said.

Murdock, 51, of Little Village, was enjoying a coffee when he heard the gunfire nearby and saw paramedics tending to two officers, at least one of whom was on a stretcher.

Police recovered multiple weapons from the scene of the crime. The officer is on leave while police investigate, but the boy's family wants him fired and criminally charged, their lawyer said. "The Dunkin" Donuts lady was like, "What the (expletive) are they shooting for?' My mind was like, "Holy s--!"

Minutes later, a procession of police vehicles raced north.

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