Markham police officer injured chasing vehicle involved in shooting

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A Markham police officer was injured early Sunday when he was struck by a vehicle that was involved in a shooting incident in the south suburb.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired about 5 a.m. near 159th Street and Dixie Highway, according to a statement from Markham Police Chief Mack Sanders.

An officer followed a vehicle involved in the shooting, but the driver refused to stop until reaching 146th Street and Western Avenue, Sanders said.

During a Sunday press conference, Sanders said a female passenger jumped out of the car at 146th and Western, according to a report from ABC 7 Chicago.

The officer was injured while trying to secure the scene at the intersection, Sanders said.The officer suffered injuries to his head and body, and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The vehicle then took off again before crashing near 127th Street and California Avenue in Blue Island, according to ABC 7. The driver ran off, but a man who had been shot was found inside the vehicle.

He was arrested and taken to a hospital, Sanders said.

On Sunday, Sanders said the officer, a two-year veteran of the department, is expected to make a full recovery after being released from Christ on Monday Morning, according to ABC 7.

An investigation is ongoing.

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