CHICAGO — An off-duty Chicago police officer is “doing well” after he was shot Monday afternoon on the South Side.
According to police, the officer was in the 8900 block of South Stony Island in the city’s Calumet Heights neighborhood when the shooting took place.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the officer was stopped at a traffic light at around 12:30 p.m. when gunmen pulled up along side the officer’s vehicle and began shooting.
Brown said the officer was shot in the lower torso. He was taken to University of Chicago Hospital and is undergoing surgery.
The surgeon who operated on him said the officer was “doing well” after surgery and is in fair condition.
Brown said the 32-year-old officer has been with CPD for four years and works in the 4th District.
Supt. Brown said the officer was in his black Jeep when vehicles boxed him in at a traffic light and a gunman began shooting. Three female officers located the officer and rushed him in a squad car to the University of Chicago Medical Center. Brown credits them with likely saving the officer’s life.
“One of the officers worked with the off-duty officer who was wounded by the gunfire, they immediately loaded him up in their car and transported to the hospital,” Brown said. “When the family arrived here and learned what happened, just the hugs and tears the family shared, the mother grandmother, shared with these three heroic women.”
On Sunday, a Chicago police sergeant was grazed by a bullet in the city’s Gresham neighborhood. 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.
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.
“This event reminds us of the dangers that our officers face every single day, whether on or off duty,” Mayor Lightfoot said. “We have to say a prayer for the officer and his family.”
Lightfoot and Supt. Brown said they spent some time with the family, who were extremely grateful for the officer’s long-term prognosis.
Police are looking for security cameras in the area. If you have any information, you can leave an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.