Chicago police officer shot, suspect killed in exchange of gunfire

Reuters News
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.

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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)