Suspect in custody, Chicago police officer recovering after Saturday shooting

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 40-year-old Chicago police officer is recovering at Christ Medical Center Sunday morning after he was shot while delivering a warrant Saturday, according to police.

The officer is a 16-year veteran of the Chicago police force and was hit multiple times, sources said.

Police identified 45-year-old Michael Blackman as the shooter. Blackman was shot multiple times during the exchange of gunfire with officers and is in critical condition also at Christ Medical Center, investigators said.

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Witnesses describe a gun battle that ensued Saturday between Chicago police and a suspect wanted for shooting a woman in the Fulton River District.

Investigators say Blackman was initially wanted for shooting a 29-year-old woman while riding his bike in the Fulton River District on Wednesday.

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Saturday's incident started after the police department's Fugitive Apprehension Team tried to serve a warrant a home near 65th Street and Winchester.
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Chicago police gave an update Saturday on the arrest of a suspect wanted for shooting an officer in West Englewood.

"The fugitive team went over there and they knocked on the door. The defendant came out the back door. That's when he shot the officer," said Chicago Police Deputy Chief Brendan Deenihan.

Blackman remained at large for several hours after allegedly shooting the officer Saturday morning, leaving many in the community on edge as multiple law enforcement agencies canvased the area. Authorities later identified private surveillance video following his


Police released photos of a gun they recovered at the scene.

Investigators haven't yet determined the reason behind the shooting that sparked the manhunt earlier this week.

"We do not have any additional motive," Deenihan said. "It appears that he randomly targeted and shot this poor woman."

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot visited the officer at the hospital.

She also tweeted, commending the "quick and heroic work of Chicago police officers and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners."

According to police, Blackman has an extensive arrest history dating back to 1991. His charges include burglary, battery, domestic battery, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, driving on a suspended license and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
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