Off-Duty Officer Wounded in Attempted Robbery

By Tanveer Ali on December 10, 2012 6:32am | Updated on December 10, 2012 10:35am

 Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy speaks to reporters outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where an off-duty police officer was taken after being shot during an armed robbery attempt early Monday.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy speaks to reporters outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where an off-duty police officer was taken after being shot during an armed robbery attempt early Monday.
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CHICAGO — An off-duty Chicago Police officer shot twice in an armed robbery attempt in Clearing was resting in the hospital with his family Monday morning, police said.

The shooting occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the 6300 block of South Nashville Avenue, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

The officer, 34, was shot in the chest and the wrist, Mirabelli said.

The officer was able to return fire and believes he may have struck the offender, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a brief news conference outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

"He's obviously shaken up," McCarthy said, adding that the officer was awake and talking.

McCarthy said the officer's wrist is broken, but the gunshot wound to his chest did not penetrate his chest cavity.

The officer, a 10-year veteran, is recovering with his family by his side at the hospital, police spokeswoman Melissa Stratton said in an email.

No one has been arrested.

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