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Officer shot twice responding to call

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A bulletproof vest saves the life of a Chicago police officer who was shot while responding to a call at 51st and King Drive early Tuesday morning.

The officer, who was struck by two bullets in the back around 1 a.m., has been treated and released at a local hospital. The report of an officer down brought dozens of other officers to the scene. The injured officer, who was new to the police force, was investigating reports of shots fired when he was hit.

"The officers approached, saw a couple of individuals. One individual took off on foot running east on 51st Street, cut down Washington Park Court. A probationary police officer chased him on foot, ran to the middle of the courtyard, started to go in after the offender. The offender turned around opened fire hitting the police officer at least twice," said Pat Camden, Chicago Police Department.

The bulletproof vest stopped both bullets, but left the officer bruised. He was taken to the hospital to make sure there were no other injuries from the impact.

"That saved him from having the bullets penetrate into his body," said Camden.

The Chicago Fire Department helped police officers search surrounding rooftops and a police dog was also brought in. The suspect managed to elude police.

There are reports the suspect may have been injured when the officer returned fire. A gun was recovered at the scene, police said.

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