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South Side man charged with shooting two Chicago Police officers

Updated: June 8, 2014 1:58PM

A man has been charged with shooting two police officers during a traffic stop late Friday on the South Side.

Malik Shabazz, 29, of the 9300 block of South Wallace Street, was charged with five counts of first degree attempted murder in connection with the shooting, police said in a statement.

The shooting ahppened about 11:20 p.m. Friday after two officers, members of a gang enforcement unit, pulled over a vehicle for a traffic stop near the suspect’s home, police said. As officers approached the vehicle, a passenger inside the the vehicle began firing shots, striking them both, Chicago Police said.

One officer, a 38-year-old man, was shot in the knee, while the other officer, 31, was shot in the vest, police said at the time. The officers returned gunfire, shooting a woman who was driving the vehicle once in the left shoulder as well as the suspected gunman multiple times, authorities said.

Both officers were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, authorities said. The bullet did not go through the officer’s vest, and he was later released. The second officer, who was shot in the knee, was hospitalized.

The woman suffered a graze wound, was treated at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park and later released into police custody, Camden said.

Shabazz had been hospitalized, but was scheduled to appear in bond court Sunday, police said.

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