No one was injured Wednesday night when a group under surveillance by Chicago police opened fire on the officers on the South Side, prompting at least one officer to shoot toward the group, police said.
Minutes before 8 p.m., as two police officers waited “in a covert vehicle doing surveillance on a vehicle possibly involved in an ongoing investigation,” the officers saw three males get into the car, which had been parked in the 2600 block of East 92nd Street, near Colfax Avenue in Calumet Heights, according to a statement from police.
The front-seat passenger drew a gun and started shooting at the police vehicle and “an officer returned fire,” police said in the media notification. No one was hit or injured.
The three males — police did not say if they were adults or children — took off running. One person was arrested but police did not catch the two others and they had not been apprehended as of Thursday morning, according to police.
A weapon was found in the area where the one person was arrested, police said.
Late Wednesday, a helicopter circled overhead while officers walked through alleys and searched lawns outside homes along East 92nd Street. A police canine unit also was led through the area by an officer while members of a SWAT team walked through nearby alleys, some carrying rifles.
A resident stood outside red crime scene tape while streaming the scene on a social media app on his phone. As rain began to fall, several of the people who had gathered outside began to go inside nearby homes. Meanwhile, officers police placed at least 12 evidence markers on the sidewalk near a car with multiple bullet holes in a window.
According to police, both officers were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center for observation and were reported in good condition.
The males who escaped had been dressed in all black and were wearing surgical masks, but authorities did not provide more detailed descriptions.
Although no one was shot, the confrontation will be investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the usual procedure when an officer fires a gun.
Any officer who discharged a weapon will be placed on administrative duties for a period of 30 days, as is routine.
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