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2 Chicago police officers wounded in South Side shooting

Police investigate after two officers were injured an exchange gunfire during South Side traffic stop Friday night. / phofrom NVP

Police investigate after two officers were injured in an exchange of gunfire during a South Side traffic stop Friday night. / photo from NVP News Video

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Updated: June 7, 2014 10:03PM



Two Chicago police gang unit officers were shot and wounded during a traffic stop late Friday on the South Side that led to an exchange of gunfire that also left two people inside the vehicle wounded.

Neither officer was badly injured. One, a 38-year-old man, was shot in a knee, and the other who is 31, was shot in the vest, the police said.

It happened at 11:25 p.m. Friday when the officers pulled over the vehicle in the 9300 block of South Wallace Street in Washington Heights.

A male passenger opened fire as the officers approached the vehicle, the police said.

The officers returned fire, shooting the woman who was driving in the left shoulder and the man multiple times, officials said.

Both officers were “fine” and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, a police spokesman said. The bullet did not go through the officer’s vest, and he was later released.

The man shot by the officers was in critical condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to police. The woman suffered a graze wound and was treated at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, then released into police custody.

The 38-year-old officer is a 12-year veteran of the department. The 31-year-old has been with the department six years.

According to the police, both have won numerous department commendations.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the police-involved shooting.



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