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Off-Duty Police Officer Shot During Attempted Robbery, Police Say

By Alex Nitkin | March 21, 2016 6:49am
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The officer was in "stable" condition after being shot in his leg, police said.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — An off-duty Chicago Police officer was shot in his leg during an attempted robbery on the Far South Side early Monday morning, police said.

Around 2:20 a.m., the officer — who is assigned to the Police Department's Gang Enforcement Section —  was sitting in a parked car in the 10100 block of South Green Street when two men walked up to each side of his car and tried to rob him, police wrote in a Monday news release.

The officer, 49, then grabbed his gun and a shootout ensued, leaving the officer shot in his right leg.

Police did not say whether anyone else was shot, or if anyone was in custody, but a "person of interest" was being questioned, according to the release.

Police did not provide the officer's condition but said he was "stable" at an area hospital.

The incident was the city's second police-involved shooting in two days. On Saturday night, police said an off-duty officer shot and wounded a man who attacked him with a baseball bat in Belmont Cragin.

The shooting is being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority, police said.

Per the Police Department's new policy, the officer who was shot early Monday morning will be assigned to desk duty for 30 days while the investigation unfolds because he fired his gun during the incident. 

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