An off-duty Chicago police officer was grazed by a bullet early Sunday in Bridgeport, police said.
Just after 5 a.m., the officer was driving west on 31st Street near Loomis Street after finishing his overnight shift, according to a news release from the Chicago Police Department.
He noticed a vehicle behind him speeding up, and slowed down to let it go around him, the release stated. The vehicle then pulled up alongside him and someone inside pointed a gun at the officer, then opened fire.
The officer, who wasn’t wearing his uniform shirt, was grazed in the upper arm. He returned fire, and the vehicle drove away.
The officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said authorities don’t know why the officer was targeted.
“We’re working hard right now to identify a motive for the shooting,” Guglielmi said. “But right now we have no one to interview. We’re going through the neighborhood canvassing for possible video, so we put together an educated guess.”
Another off-duty Chicago police officer was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood, according to police sources.
The officer, a 35-year-old man, was walking with a 29-year-old woman in the 3100 block of North Ravenswood around 9:35 p.m. when a dark-colored SUV abruptly stopped and several men got out with handguns, an official said.
One of the gunmen demanded the pair’s personal belongings. After the robbers collected the items, including the officer’s police star-shaped badge, they took off in the SUV.
The officer’s star was later recovered in the area.
The offenders are described as several black men between the ages of 16 and 20.
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