Evidence markers line the street and sidewalk as Chicago Police Forensic Investigators work the scene of a shooting by an off-duty police detective on 15th Place between Kedzie and Albany. Wednesday, March 21, 2012. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times
Updated: March 21, 2012 1:19PM
Two people were injured in a police-involved shooting early Wednesday in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood.
The shooting happened about 1 a.m. after an off-duty detective pulling out of an alley in the 3100 block of West 15th Place and saw several people causing a disturbance, according to a police News Affairs statement.
He rolled down his window to investigate, and a male suspect allegedly carrying a handgun allegedly approached him, the statement said. Police claim the suspect pointed the gun at the detective who fired his weapon from his vehicle, striking the suspect and a female nearby.
Both were taken to area hospitals early Wednesday, but details on their injuries and conditions were not immediately known.
Police could not say Wednesday morning whether authorities recovered a weapon from the scene of the shooting.
The detective announced he was with the police department during the confrontation, according to police News Affairs and Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden.
Camden defended the shooting, saying the detective identified himself while initially telling the group of four to keep the noise down, then identified himself again when the suspect began walking toward the vehicle.
Two other people involved in the disturbance ran and were picked up by another vehicle, Camden said.
Independent Police Review Authority spokesman Scott Ando confirmed the police officer was off-duty and fired his weapon during the incident, but had no further details early Wednesday.
Area Central detectives and the IPRA are investigating.