A Chicago Police officer was struck by a car and the suspect was shot by police Saturday night on the Near West Side, police said. | NVP News videoA Chicago Police officer was struck by a car and the suspect was shot multiple times by police Saturday night on the Near West Side.
A man was shot and wounded by the police after striking a Chicago cop with a car Saturday night on the Near West Side.
Undercover officers driving an unmarked squad car stopped the suspect — a man thought to be in his 20s — about 10:15 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Lake as part of a narcotics investigation, police and Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.
After the stop, two officers exited their car, but the suspect accelerated and struck the police vehicle, according to a statement from Chicago Police. As a result, one officer was knocked to the ground, police said. The suspect then tried to flee — and almost ran over the fallen officer in the process — but was shot multiple times by police, according to police and Camden.
The male officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition had stabilized, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said. Police said the officer’s injuries were not life-threatening.
The man shot by police was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, officials said.
The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting, spokesman Larry Merritt said.