U.S. marshal, K-9 dog shot while serving arrest warrant on Northwest Side

A Chicago police officer returned fire but did not strike anyone, police said. Two suspects were arrested.

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Police tape off the 5200 block of West Belmont on Thursday after a U.S. marshal and his service dog were struck by gunfire.

Police tape off the 5200 block of West Belmont on Thursday after a U.S. marshal and his service dog were struck by gunfire.

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A U.S. marshal and his K-9 dog were shot while serving an arrest warrant on the Northwest Side Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

A Chicago police officer returned fire but did not strike the two suspects, who were arrested, police said in a statement.

One of those suspects opened fire around 1:20 p.m. in the 5200 block of West Belmont Avenue as the U.S. marshal was serving a warrant, police said.

The marshal rushed the wounded K-9 to the MedVet Chicago clinic about 3 miles east near Belmont and California avenues, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.

The marshal, from the Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force, then realized he had been shot in his hand and an ambulance was called, but he declined to be taken to a hospital, Langford said. The dog’s condition was not released.

The officer who opened fire was placed on routine 30-day desk duty while the Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigates the use of force, police said.

On Wednesday, a Chicago police officer was shot and seriously wounded while trying to make a traffic stop in Englewood on the South Side. The gunman, who has been identified by police, remains at large.

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