Off-duty police sergeant involved in Albany Park shooting

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A person was shot when an off-duty Chicago Police sergeant returned fire during a shooting Sunday evening in the Albany Park neighborhood.

The Town Hall District sergeant was walking with several friends about 7:30 p.m. in the 4500 block of North Kedzie when a group of people in a dark-colored vehicle pulled up and instigated an argument, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

The vehicle then pulled into a nearby business parking lot and turned around toward the sergeant and his friends to continue arguing, police said. Someone inside the vehicle brandished a gun and opened fire at the sergeant and the people he was with. The sergeant returned fire at the vehicle, which drove away.

A short time later, a male showed up at Swedish Covenant Hospital with a gunshot wound to his head, police said. Investigators suspected he was involved in the shooting with the off-duty officer and searched the area around the hospital. A weapon was found in the hospital’s parking lot.

Further investigation confirmed that the male who was shot was involved in the shooting with the off-duty sergeant, police said Monday morning.

The incident is the fourth police-involved shooting so far in 2017.

The officer will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days, according to police, and the Independent Police Review Authority will conduct a use of force investigation of the incident.

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