A 55-year-old suburban police officer was shot early Monday during an attempted robbery in the South Side’s Chatham neighborhood.

Darryl Hope, a detective with south suburban Dolton Police Department, was returning home from his shift to the 7600 block of South Calumet Avenue about 12:10 a.m. when two armed people approached him, according to Dolton Police Chief Robert Collins Jr. and Chicago Police.

The two suspects took cover and ordered Hope to step down from his porch, Collins said in a press conference. Hope dropped his bag and then shots were exchanged.

Police tape off the area where a 55-year-old man was shot Monday in the 7600 block of South Calumet | Tyler Lariviere/ Sun-Times

Hope was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with gunshot wounds in his abdomen and left arm, authorities said.

He was suffering from non-life threatening injuries, and was expected to require surgery, Collins said.

“He’s in good spirits,” Chief Collins said, “but he’s in a lot of pain.”

Dolton Mayor Riley H. Rogers said in a statement that Hope is also a member of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force.

“We’re wishing him a speedy recovery and we want the perpetrators apprehended,” Rogers said in a statement. “Chicago Police Department detectives are doing a great job and I’ve been informed they have some good leads in terms of finding the perpetrators.”

At the scene of the shooting, officers expanded the crime scene’s perimeter into the 7500 block of Calumet in an apparent search for the suspects.

A police helicopter could be seen circling above the block.

Chicago police investigate a scene where an off-duty suburban police officer was shot in the Chatham neighborhood, Monday morning. Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times