A Chicago police officer critically injured two people who were suspected of firing shots at police and at another vehicle late Tuesday in the Montclare neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side, according to police.
As officers were patrolling the area late Tuesday, someone inside of a car fired shots in the direction of the police car and another non-police car, said Sgt. Al Stinites, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.
The officers pursed the car through an alley in the 2900 block of North Newland Avenue, where a confrontation ensued between officers and people in the car.
An officer then opened fire, wounding two of the people in the car, Stinites said.
One person was taken in critical condition to Loyola University Medical Center, and a second person was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, said Cmdr. Curtis Hudson, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department.
Two officers were taken as a precaution to Rush University Medical Center, according to police and fire officials.
Two handguns were recovered at the scene of the shooting, Stinites said.
Standing at the edge of the crime scene with other police officials, Stinites noted there have been a rash of incidents involving shots fired at police.
“This is the fourth time officers have been fired upon since Friday while doing their job for the citizens of the City of Chicago,” he said.
It was the third police-involved shooting in Chicago since Friday, when police killed 17-year-old Corsean Lewis, who authorities said had fired a shot at officers.
Late Saturday night, when police and prosecutors say Dashon Magette and an officer struggled for a gun in an incident that left both him and an officer injured, when the gun went off, hitting the officer in the hand, and the officer’s partner shot Magette.
In another incident, three people also were arrested after shots were fired at police Monday night in Lawndale.
Tuesday’s shooting happened in a residential area filled with bungalow homes.
Police blocked off George Street between Newland Avenue to New England Avenue. Neighbors from surrounding homes huddled outside the crime scene trying to piece together what happened.
Mynor Rodriguez was watching television when he saw nearly a dozen police cars in the neighborhood. When he went outside, he saw even more police cars. He and his 20-year-old daughter got in their car to drive closer to the crime scene.
He saw a car crashed into a parked car, and he saw paramedics putting a man, who appeared to be unconscious, into an ambulance.
Rodriguez has lived in the neighborhood since the 1990s and said he has seen the area change.
“You have the good and the bad,” he said.
The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days.
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