Retired police deputy wounded in attempted robbery

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CHICAGO -- A retired police deputy chief was released from the hospital Wednesday after he was wounded in an attempted robbery.

71-year-old Fred Coffey had just left the Eckersall Stadium this morning after exercising.  Police say he exchanged gunfire with a would-be robber. Coffey was shot in the arm.

The 21-year-old suspect was wounded in the lower body but apparently jumped in a car and fled the scene.

He was arrested a few blocks away near 79th and Oglesby and was stabilized at the hospital.

Coffey was treated and released.

Police superintendent Eddie Johnson released a statement saying:

Enough is Enough. Retired Deputy Chief Coffey was a great police officer and public servant. I’m glad he is okay. I’ll continue to fight hard for better laws to keep repeat offenders behind bars and I'm asking Chicago to help by giving CPD the tools to keep our community safe."

Coffey retired from the Chicago Police Department 10 years ago.

He recently worked with the Police Accountability Taskforce, serving on a group that examined police de-escalation techniques.

The investigation is ongoing.

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