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Off duty police officer shot during robbery attempt

An off-duty Chicago police officer was shot and wounded during a robbery attempt.

This happened around 12:30am Monday near 63rd and Nashville.

The 34-year-old officer was shot twice.

He was struck in the chest and the wrist but suffered relatively minor injuries.

Police officials say the officer fired his weapon.

“He’s not positive, but he believes he may have hit the offender.  We’re looking at robbery patterns and video and anything else in the neighborhood that might match up to this,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

The officer is now in the hospital, where his condition has been stabilized.

“He’s awake and talking.  He’s obviously shaken up.  He’s in good spirits.  His family is with him,” said McCarthy outside Advocate Christ Medical Center.

No arrests have been made.

Investigators remained at the scene eight hours after the incident.

“We’re going to catch the guy.  That’s the message, and people need to know that they’re accountable and we’re going to hold them accountable when these things happen,” said McCarthy.

The Sun-Times reports that police are looking for three males in a silver car.

The officer has been with the department for 10 years.

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