Chicago Police Exchange Gunfire With Suspect In East Garfield Park; No One Hit

Nancy Harty
July 10, 2020 - 2:04 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago police officers conducting a narcotics investigation exchanged gunfire Friday morning in an incident in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

Someone fired at officers conducting a narcotics investigation near Huron and Trumbull around 7:40 a.m., according to police. No one was hit, and the alleged shooter escaped from the area, according to Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern.

“Officers were conducting an investigation in that block, and they began to take fire from someone nearby on the street,” Ahern said. 

Deputy Police Chief Ernest Cato said officers returned fire, but did not hit the suspect. There were multiple rounds fired in the exchange.

Cato told reporters at the scene this is an example of what happens all too often in that area.

"There is a lot going on on the West Side of Chicago. There are multiple blocks were people should feel concerned. At this particular time, we are just concerned of the safety in this particular area, because we are seeking someone of interest. But when you talk about folks being concerned in this neighborhood, absolutely people are concerned every day in this neighborhood," he said.

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No one was injured. Police are talking to one person of interest, who is not the shooter, Ahern said. Police are looking for another.

Ahern said the investigation into the shooting is in its early stages. He was unable to confirm if the suspect was a target of the investigation, or if the officers were in uniform.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the officers’ use of force, according to COPA spokesman Ephraim Eaddy.

(WBBM Newsradio and the Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this copy.)