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Chicago Police investigate scene 63rd Nashville after an off-duty police officer was shot during an attempted armed robbery. Police were

Chicago Police investigate the scene at 63rd and Nashville after an off-duty police officer was shot during an attempted armed robbery. Police were looking for a silver car and three males they think are connected to the shooting. | Brian Slodysko~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 12, 2013 6:18AM

A decorated Chicago Police officer was released from the hospital Monday afternoon after a robber shot him while he was taking his young son out of a car on the Southwest Side.

The 34-year-old officer was shot in the arm and the chest. He suffered a broken wrist, but the bullets missed vital organs, a police spokeswoman said. He was treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The officer, who is married with two children, received the Superintendent’s Award of Valor in November after he shot and killed a man who was holding a knife to a child.

Shortly after midnight Monday, a man with a handgun walked up and attempted to rob the off-duty officer near 63rd and Nashville, west of Midway Airport.

The officer, a 10-year veteran assigned to the Englewood District, fired his gun at the robber and told investigators that he thinks he shot the man.

The officer’s son was not hurt, officials said.

One woman at the scene lamented the violence, which she said was unfathomable in the Clearing neighborhood, where many police officers live.

Another resident said he heard the shots and lay on the floor of his home with his son.

Officers were searching for a silver four-door sedan the robber used to get away.

“Officers are working the case and the offender will be caught,” she said. Stratton expressed confidence an arrest will be made.No one was in custody as of late Monday morning as Area Central detectives continue to investigate.

Contributing: Brian Slodysko, Jordan Owen

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