CHICAGO – A Chicago police sergeant was grazed by a bullet Sunday in the city’s Gresham neighborhood, according to Superintendent David Brown.
Earlier reports stated that the officer was shot in the face. Supt. Brown revealed on Twitter that the sergeant suffered a graze wound to the chin. A shooter is not in custody, however.
Police say the on-duty sergeant was standing in the 6th District police station parking lot, located in the 7800 block of S. Halsted Street, when he was grazed.
“He heard a shot, then felt pain and saw bleeding from his face,” Supt. Brown said in a press conference Sunday.
According to police, he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and in good condition.
The sergeant, a 26-year-veteran of the police department, has since been released.
Authorities are investigating whether the officer was the intended target or if he was struck by a stray bullet.
“We are scouring video here and at the station as well as pod video, CCTV video, private, nearby, ” Supt. Brown said. “At this point, everything is preliminary.
According to Supt. Brown, 79 officers were shot at or struck by gunfire last year. Three months into the new year, he says the numbers are rising.
“So far this year, we are on a greater pace than last year with 13 officers shot at or shot,” Supt. Brown said. “With this officer being the first officer hit.”