Two shot Chicago police officers released from hospital

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Posted: Mar 15, 2016 11:38 AM

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Two Chicago police officers wounded while pursuing a suspect were released from a hospital on Tuesday, while a third was still being treated but listed in good condition, police said.

The policemen were wounded late on Monday while chasing a suspect in a drug investigation, the Chicago Police Department said. The suspect, who police said opened fire on the officers, was shot and killed.

Police declined to identify the three officers.

The incident comes as the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the Chicago police's use of force, including deadly force, following the death of a black teenager in a 2014 police shooting.

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in November, 13 months after having shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, in an incident captured on a police squad car dashboard video.

The release of the video sparked protests and led to the firing of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in December. The city has yet to find a permanent replacement.

Eight people were fatally shot and 22 wounded by Chicago police in 2015. In 2014, 37 people were shot and 16 people were killed by police gunfire in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Officer Down Memorial Page shows that 2011 was the last year when a Chicago police officer died in the line of duty.

A day before Monday's shooting in Chicago, a police officer in Prince George's County Maryland died in a "friendly fire" incident after a man with a history of mental illness began shooting outside a police station as his two brothers videotaped the action.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by Scott Malone and Tom Brown)