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Two off-duty Chicago police officers robbed at gunpoint, another shot

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Fourth Estate Staff

Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – Two off-duty Chicago police were robbed at gunpoint and shot on Saturday evening and Sunday morning in separate incidents.

Police officials said in a statement that the first officer, a 35-year-old man, was robbed in the Lakeview neighborhood of the city. The official was walking with a 29-year-old woman in the 3100 block of North Ravenswood at around 9:35 P.M. A dark-colored SUV then stopped and several men got out. The group of men reportedly brandished handguns and demanded the belongings of the official and the woman he was with.

Along with the items taken from the police officer was his star-shaped badge. The group of men did not injure the officer and the woman and fled the scene via the SUV. The badge of the officer was later recovered in the area. Details about the items taken from the official and the woman remain unclear.

The suspects in the first robbing incident were described as black men who are around 16 to 20 years old.

For the police official shot, it was reported that he just finished an overnight shift and was driving in the Bridgeport neighborhood on Sunday. Someone in another car then opened fired and grazed the officer in the arm.

Accordingly, a vehicle sped up behind the official’s car at around 5 A.M. on Sunday as he drove west on 31st street near Loomis Street. The officer tried to slow down in order to let the other car pass. The other vehicle then pulled alongside the officer and fired shots. The officer returned fire but failed to shoot the shooter as the vehicle sped away.

The official was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was released hours after. The motive for the shooting remains unknown.

The investigation on these separate incidents is ongoing. Officials are saying that even police officers are not immune from gun violence.

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