Chicago police witness shooting, sparking ‘gun battle’ on West Side

CHICAGO — Chicago police officers were involved in a shootout Friday night in the city's Humboldt Park neighborhood.

It started about 8:10 p.m. Friday when officers witnessed a shooting near Lawndale Avenue and Division Street, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. That shooting left a man wounded in critical condition. He later died.

Police chased the gunman, who began to run away on foot, officials said. As he fled, the suspect opened fire toward police — engaging officers "in a gun battle," according to Guglielmi.

The gunman got into a waiting vehicle, police said. It wasn't clear whether he was shot.

A police officer was being treated for chest pains.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability was investigating.

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