Chicago police officer shot, suspect killed in exchange of gunfire

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Posted: Jul 22, 2016 2:00 AM

(Reuters) - A Chicago police officer was wounded and a suspect was fatally shot on Thursday when police responded to an man acting erratically on the city's South side, police said.

When officers approached the suspect at about 8:15 p.m., he reached into a backpack pulled out a gun and shot one of the officers in the leg, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told a news conference.

Officers returned fire, killing the unidentified suspect, Chicago Police Department said in a statement.

The wounded officer's partner applied a tourniquet to his leg where he was shot. The unidentified 44-year-old officer was taken to a hospital where he was in good condition, the department said.

The officers who were involved in the incident were place on administrative leave as an investigation is ongoing, police said.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee)