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Police officer hit with ‘blunt object’ during foot chase on South Side

Updated: July 13, 2012 6:08AM

A police officer was attacked early Friday during a foot chase in the South Chicago neighborhood.

Two officers were on patrol in a squad car when they saw two men, one with a gun, standing in a garage near 80th Street and Manistee Avenue about 1 a.m., police said. The male officer jumped out of the car and starting chasing the armed man on foot while his female partner tried to cut him off the squad car.

But when the man saw the squad car he doubled back toward the garage, police said. Just then, the other man struck the male officer with a “blunt object,” possibly some kind of steel pole. He initially thought he’d been hit with a bat.

The officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and as of 5 a.m. has been released, police said.

The two men got away, and police were still searching for them early Friday.

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