Three police officers are expected to survive gunshot wounds suffered as they chased a suspect, who was shot to death during an incident on Chicago’s West side on Monday, according to city officials and media.
The officers were on a narcotics detail at about 10 p.m. local time when they encountered two suspects and chased them into a dark gangway between two buildings where the shooting occurred, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement three officers were wounded in the line of duty.
“Tonight we were reminded of the dangers that our police face, and the bravery that they routinely display,” the statement said.
One officer was shot in the back, one was wounded in the foot and a third was shot in the chest area, possibly striking a bullet-proof vest, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing sources.
One of the suspects was wounded during the gun battle and died at the scene, the newspaper said.
The police department said on Twitter the officers were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
“At this time officers are OK,” the department said in a Tweet.
(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Kim Coghill and Paul Tait)