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Chicago Police officer and 15-year-old boy shoot each other

A Chicago Police Officer was shot leg late Wednesday evening near 111Th Loomis. The injured officer was taken Advocate Christ

A Chicago Police Officer was shot in the leg late Wednesday evening near 111Th and Loomis. The injured officer was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. Officers gather on the corner to canvas the scene. August 29 2012. I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: October 1, 2012 5:39PM

A Chicago Police officer and a 15-year-old boy shot each other Wednesday night on the Far South Side, police said.

The 35-year-old officer was shot near his knee and the teen in his leg and side in the 1300 block of 112th Place, officials said.

About 8 p.m., plain clothes officers stopped three teenage boys for “suspicious activity,” police said. But the 15-year-old boy fired at the officers and “engaged in a gun battle,” said Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

But at least two residents said the officer shot his gun first.

The teen was in serious condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The officer, a 5-year veteran and member of the department’s Area South gun team, was “in good shape” at the same hospital. McCarthy said the officer was joking with him before going into surgery.

The officer is “very fortunate,” “in pain” and “annoyed,” McCarthy added.

Police detained the other two boys — 15 and 16.

Officers recovered a 380 automatic weapon on the scene, said McCarthy, who added several shots were fired.

Meanwhile, police shot another male Wednesday night in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, officials said.

It was the second police-involved shooting in less than two hours.

During an investigation about 9:45 p.m. near the 6600 block of South Langley, officers approached a male to talk to him a recent shooting that happened about two blocks away when he turned and pointed a handgun at them, officials said. Police then shot the male.

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