Ricocheting bullet hits Chicago Police officer in face; 6 in custody
BY SAM CHARLES Staff Reporter March 9, 2014 9:45PM
Updated: March 10, 2014 7:20AM
An 11-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department who was struck in the head by a ricochet bullet South Side Sunday night has been released from the hospital.
About 8:45 p.m. officers were executing the warrant at a home in the 2700 block of East 92nd Street, part of the Calumet Park neighborhood, when someone from inside the home fired a shot that ricocheted off one surface and struck one of the officers between his eyes, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters late Sunday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where the officer was treated before being released.
The 34-year-old injured police officer was initially taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where staff said he awake and talking, but he was later transferred to Northwestern where he was stable with a fragment of the bullet lodged in his forehead, McCarthy said.
“He’s pretty dazed,” McCarthy said. “He got hit pretty hard but he’s in good shape.”
Police are questioning six people who were inside the home at the time of the shooting and officers recovered a handgun with one spent round at the scene, McCarthy said.
Chicago police officers did not fire any shots, McCarthy added.
McCarthy described the officer as “exceptional,” adding that he’s received more than 200 awards during his time with the Chicago Police Department.