2 officers shot in Englewood

September 1, 2010 8:39:31 AM PDT
Two Chicago police officers were recovering after being shot early Wednesday while serving a search warrant in the South Side's Englewood neighborhood.

Both of the officers were treated and released from Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn just hours after the shooting in the 7700-block of South Hoyne.

Officers were conducting a search warrant for weapons at what they call a known gang member's home just after midnight. Police say two officers identified themselves, but shots were fired from inside of the home. Officers did not fire back. Apparently, they say they knew there were elderly people in the home.

A 41-year-old officer with seven years on the job was hit once in the arm. The second officer, 38-years-old with six years on the job, was struck in the arm and the leg. They are both expected to make a full recovery.

"Consider the complete disregard of safety by these criminals," said Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis. "They fired at officers from behind the closed door with elderly residents inside the home. I would really like to compliment our officers on their fire discipline. No one fired into the home after being fired upon. That is a true testament to their training, to their dedication and to their commitment to serve the public."

Police say they recovered handguns and a rifle from the scene. Police say that they do not know which one of those guns was used to fire at police.

Two male suspects were taken into custody but had not yet been charged as of 6 a.m.

Weis said he was "very grateful and pleased" that the officers are expected to make a full recovery and expressed support for their families.

"The entire department always expressed their condolences whenever officers are injured," Weis said. "This is a stark reminder of the dangers that these officers face every day and also of the dedication and their desire to serve the residents of Chicago by getting gang bangers and the guns off the streets."

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.


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