Report: At least 1 in custody after DEA agent hit by suspect’s car

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by Chicago Tribune staff

At least one man was in custody after an officer believed to be a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent was seriously injured when he was hit by a suspect’s car in the Ashburn neighborhood this afternoon, police said.

Police were called to the area of 8600 South Kedzie Avenue following a report of shots fired about 12:50 p.m., according to Police News Affairs. A man hit by a vehicle was taken from the area of 8200 South Kedzie Avenue to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious to critical condition, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight.

The agent was in good condition this afternoon, police said.

Two people showed up at a local hospital after having been shot, and one of them was identified as the owner of the car used in the attack, police said. That man remained hospitalized but was placed in police custody after being identified as a possible suspect in the attack, police said.

The law-enforcement officer, in his 40s, was intentionally hit by a car and suffered head trauma, but his condition was stabilized at Christ Medical Center, police said, citing preliminary information. Several sources said the man injured was a DEA agent, but a DEA spokesman was not immediately able to confirm that information.

The agent fired shots at his attacker, but it was not certain whether the attacker was hit, police said.

The suspect fled north from the scene of the attack.

Chicago Police and officers and agents from numerous other agencies including the DEA searched the area near 7300 South Oakley Avenue after the suspect abandoned his vehicle and ran from the area.

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