Chicago officer recovering after gunman shoots him in the hand

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CHICAGO — A man was taken into custody after a person was killed and a Chicago police officer was wounded on his hand during a shooting Wednesday on the city’s West Side.

Officers were patrolling near West Madison Street and South Karlov Avenue in the Garfield Park neighborhood around 2:30 p.m.

Police said they witnessed a gunman shoot and kill a man in the 4000 block of West Madison Street.

Police said the man got into a white pickup truck and fled the scene. The officers pursued the man for a short distance at which time the alleged gunman got out of the vehicle and fired shots at the officer.

One officer was struck and wounded on his hand.

The gunman fled again and the wounded officer chose to continue to pursue the offender before going to the hospital for treatment.

The truck crashed a short distance later near Damen Avenue and Congress Parkway and the alleged gunman fled on foot. Officers took him into custody a short time later. He faces several charges.

Police said the wounded officer was in his 40s and a 20-year veteran of the force. He is resting at the hospital surrounded by family and is expected to be released within 24 hours. His identity has not yet been released.

The man killed in the initial shooting was 26-year-old. His identity has not yet been released.

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