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Chicago officer wounded in leg, man wielding hammer fatally shot

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy scene police officer being shot an offender killed near 79th   Coles. Wednesday November 14

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on the scene of a police officer being shot and an offender killed, near 79th & Coles. Wednesday November 14, 2012 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 15, 2012 5:15PM

A Chicago Police officer suffered a graze wound to her leg and a stabbing suspect wielding a hammer was fatally shot late Wednesday in the South Chicago neighborhood, police said.

The female officer and man were shot near the intersection of East 79th Street and South Shore Drive, police said.

The officer’s partner shot the man, said Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden. It was unclear whether the officer accidently shot herself or was wounded by her partner.

At 11:45 p.m, two officers responded to a disturbance at the intersection and saw a man with a knife stabbing another man, police said.

When officers ordered the attacker to drop the weapon but he refused and an officer fired a Tazer, police said.

But the suspect produced a hammer and aggressively charged toward the officers, officials said. Both officers discharged their weapons, police said.

Meanwhile, the stabbing victim was in serious condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

The officer was treated and released from a hospital.

Late Wednesday, officers closed 79th street from South Shore to Exchange. A large police presence was in the area. More than 30 cops gathered at the parking lot of a pregnancy center on the corner of South Shore and 79th.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy appeared at the site.

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