One man is dead and a Chicago Police officer is injured after a shooting Monday morning in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood.
The shooting happened at 3:30 am in the 1600 block of North Marshfield Avenue, Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.
The officer was coming home from work when he spotted someone at a construction site near his home. The officer approached the man and during a struggle, the officer’s weapon discharged and the bullet hit the officer in the arm.
The two continued struggling and the officer, “in fear for his life,” shot the suspect, according the Police Union Spokesman Pat Camden said.
The 44-year-old police officer was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in stable condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Camden said it is unclear why the man was at the construction site and that he was carrying a screwdriver.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the officer is a 20-year veteran of the department and works in the 18th district on the North Side.
McCarthy said the officer is in good spirits.
The Chicago Police Department released the following statement in regards to the shooting:
“On July 28, 2014, at approximately 3:30 am, an off-duty police officer encountered a male subject attempting to forcefully enter the rear of a nearby home, still under construction, in the 1600 block of West Wabansia Ave. The officer, who was on his way home from work and still in uniform, announced his office and confronted the offender.
After observing the offender holding a dark object in his hand, the officer immediately drew his weapon and ordered the offender to drop the unknown object. Ignoring the officer’s commands, the offender lunged at him and a struggle ensued during which time the offender attempted to disarm the officer. As they both struggled for control of the officer’s weapon, the firearm discharged, striking the officer in the arm. The officer was eventually able to retain control of his firearm and, in fear for his life, discharged his weapon striking the offender. After being struck, the offender continued to fight with the officer until he was finally subdued. The offender was ultimately pronounced on scene.
The officer, a 19-year veteran, is 44 years old and is assigned to the 018th District. He was transported to a local area hospital in stable condition.
This matter remains under investigation and anyone with information should contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8261.”