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3 undercover law enforcement officers shot, wounded in Chicago

Police Supt. David Brown said two of the wounded officers are ATF agents and the other is a Chicago police officer


Chicago police and ATF agents work the scene of a shooting on South Ashland Avenue near West 118th Street next to Interstate 57.

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By Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer and two federal agents were shot early Wednesday near the Chicago Police Department’s Morgan Park District station on the Far South Side, officials said.

Three law enforcement officers were fired upon while they were in a vehicle on their way to conduct a joint investigation between Chicago police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Police Superintendent David Brown said Wednesday morning in a news conference outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

A male Chicago police officer and one male and one female agent from the ATF were shot on a northbound ramp to Interstate 57 from 119th Street, near the border between the Morgan Park and West Pullman when the shooting took place, Brown said..

Authorities were looking for a vehicle used in the shooting, according to state police.

“This is a very challenging time to be in law enforcement but they are rising to the challenge of doing all they can. And the work they do is extremely dangerous,” he said.

A Fire Department spokesman said at 6:30 a.m. the scene was “fresh” and the shooting happened near the station, 1900 W. Monterey Ave. in Morgan Park.

Troopers were called to assist with the investigation at 6:03 a.m., so the shooting occurred before that time, said a trooper with the Chicago District of the state police.

“Normally we’d handle shootings on the expressway, so we’re deciding who’s going to lead the investigation,” he said.

The trooper said the agencies were looking for a white Chevrolet Impala, which was described as the suspect vehicle.

Paramedics with the Fire Department took the Chicago police officer with a graze wound to Christ Medical Center.

The two other law enforcement officials who were shot were either taken to area hospitals by other officers or in private vehicles. No condition was available for those officers but an official said none of those who were shot had injuries that were life-threatening.

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