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Officer accidentally fires gun during Avondale chase, cops say

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A Chicago police officer “inadvertently” fired his weapon into the ground Wednesday night while chasing two people from a stolen car in Avondale on the Northwest Side, police said.

No one was shot or injured in the incident that happened shortly after 9 p.m. in the 3000 block of West Fletcher Street, Chicago police said.

Officers saw a 2007 Saab that had been reported stolen and attempted to stop it, but the driver of the car struck the officers’ patrol car and caused minor damage, according to police

Two people in the car fled on foot, and the officers followed them, police said.

An officer noticed one person was holding his side while he ran, according to police. The officer then drew his weapon and accidentally fired a round into the ground, police said.

Both people were arrested and charges were pending, police said Wednesday night.