A man was shot and killed and a Chicago Police officer wounded early Monday morning in the 1600 block of North Marshfield Avenue in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. | NVP Photo
Updated: July 28, 2014 11:45PM
A man was killed and a Chicago Police officer was wounded in a confrontation in the Bucktown neighborhood early Monday, officials said.
The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of North Marshfield Avenue, according to police and a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.
A 44-year-old off-duty police officer was taken with a gunshot wound to Stroger Hospital. He was released later on Monday.
A in his 30s was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:40 a.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. His name was not being released Monday morning.
The officer, who lives in the area, was returning home from work and still in uniform when he encountered the man attempting to break into a nearby home that’s still under construction, according to a statement from Chicago Police.
The man was holding a dark object in his hand, police said.
After the officer approached and announced himself, the two began to struggle over the officer’s gun, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.
During the struggle, the gun discharged and the officer was shot in the arm, authorities said. Camden said it was unclear how the gun went off.
At that point, the officer grabbed his gun and shot the other man in self-defense, Camden said. Police found a screwdriver with the suspected burglar, which he might have used as a weapon, Camden said.
The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting, spokesman Larry Merritt said.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he knows the injured officer personally. The veteran was shot in the left bicep, McCarthy said.
“He’s OK,” McCarthy told reporters late Monday morning. “He’s in a lot of pain.”
The officer, assigned to the downtown “entertainment detail,” was just getting off his shift when he saw a man trying to break into a construction site close to the officer’s home, McCarthy said, confirming other reports that the man was armed with a screwdriver.
“It’s not clear how [the officer] got shot,” McCarthy said. “Whether the gun got taken away from him and he got it back, or whether or not it discharged while he was fighting with him.”
The officer may have suffered some permanent damage, McCarthy said.
“He may have some long-term problems with that,” McCarthy said. “But he’s in good spirits in the hospital. He’s obviously upset about the incident and having to take somebody’s life.”
Contributing: Stefano Esposito, Sun-Times Media Wire