Man charged with attempted murder in shooting of CPD officer, woman

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CHICAGO — Police announced charges against a man accused of shooting and seriously wounding a Chicago police officer on the South Side.

Michael Blackman, 45, faces five counts of attempted murder for several incidents, including the shooting of that officer Saturday, as well as a shooting that injured a woman, last week.

The officer was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition. He was part of a team trying to track Blackman.

Police tracked him down to near 65th and Winchester and say he opened fire on the officer.

He got away, but police found him nearby a few hours later and shot him.

"Blackman is no stranger to criminal activity.  He has open warrants from suburban jurisdictions for offenses including burglary.  A further look at his criminal history reveals a pattern of escalating illegal activity," said CPD First Deputy Superintendent, Anthony Riccio.

Blackman remains in critical condition.

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