Chicago police officer hit by CPD car in Lawndale while chasing gun suspect

Officers tried to pull over a vehicle after someone tossed a gun out of a window, but the driver took off.

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Chicago police investigate in the 1800 block of South Drake after an officer was struck by another police vehicle while pursuing a suspect who had thrown a gun out of a car on the West Side, Thursday afternoon, Oct. 10, 2019.

Chicago police investigate in the 1800 block of South Drake after an officer was struck by another police vehicle while pursuing a suspect who had thrown a gun out of a car on the West Side, Thursday afternoon, Oct. 10, 2019.

Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

A Chicago police officer was injured Thursday afternoon when he was struck by another police car as officers were pursuing someone who had just thrown a gun out of a car on the West Side.

Police were near the 1800 block of South Drake around 1:10 p.m. to monitor a “gang funeral” when officers saw someone toss a gun out of a car, Deputy Chief Ernest Cato told reporters.

Officers tried to pull over the vehicle, but the driver took off. One of the officers got out of the squad car to try to spot the car on foot.

“When he entered the alley, at approximately the 1800 block of Drake, he was struck by assisting units,” Cato said.

The officer, who has about 4 ½ years on the job, was taken to Stroger Hospital where he is in good condition, police said.

Two suspects were taken into custody, though police are searching for two more. A gun was recovered, Cato said.

Hours after the officer was injured,several streets in the Lawndale area were blocked off as police scoured the area for suspects.

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