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Wounded Officers: 'God Was With Us Tonight'

Wounded Officers: 'God Was With Us Tonight'

Chicago Sun-Times via YellowBrix

July 19, 2011

CHICAGO – Two Chicago police officers were shot and wounded late Monday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, authorities said.

The 29-year-old patrolmen from the West Side Harrison police district were expected to recover from their injuries, according to police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who spoke with reporters this morning outside the emergency room at Stroger Hospital.

“God was with us tonight,” McCarthy said.

The officers were approaching a man to conduct a narcotics-related street interview near the intersection of Wilcox Street and Karlov Avenue at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, when the man pulled a handgun and opened fire on them, police said. The officers were trying to make a street stop due to the area’s high drug-related traffic, police said. The gunman fled on foot.

Both officers suffered non-life-threatening wounds, McCarthy said. One officer, a three-year veteran, received a graze wound to the head and gunshot wound to a bicep, McCarthy said. His partner, a four-year veteran, has a bullet lodged behind his left ear, but was alert and awake at the hospital.

Authorities were questioning several people, but hadn’t located the suspect, police said.

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) said he’d been told the wounded officers were expected to recover, but had few other details.

Police condoned off several surrounding streets with red and yellow tape, and as about a dozen cops — uniformed and plainclothes — walked the area, questioning residents. About 10 officers could be seen walking south on Keeler Avenue past Jackson Boulevard, a few of them with dogs and a couple others in SWAT uniforms carrying rifles

A number of onlookers gazed curiously at the large police presence outside some residences, many of the them two-story apartment buildings. Six youths were also shooting baskets in an alley near the shooting scene.

A helicopter, meanwhile, circled the area overhead.


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    bearstar03

    about 3 years ago

    54 Comments

    I hope they get the shooter and that the two men make quick and full recoveries.

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    shadow3g

    about 3 years ago

    62 Comments

    I would sincerely like to say thank you for all the prayers and comments on these two young men, one of these young men is my son, although doing better they will have a bit to go. Many make statements after the fact concerning what should or could Have been done, however I can personally state based on 14these combat deployments both as a Marine and an SF soldier things happen that regardless of how well prepared you are they go wrong. These to men are highly trained and did everything right and exercised caution, it was just a day gone bad. Again thank you all for the thoughts and prayers for both these fine young men, God Bless them and you all.

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    philfroggy

    about 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Praying for a quick recovery

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Bump SpencerStangz. Prayers going out to both.

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    SpencerStangz

    about 3 years ago

    422 Comments

    BUMP Colorado...Prayers for these officers to recover well...stay prayed up folks...we can't approach everyone with our guns drawn but we CAN approach them with God on our hearts...

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    GUNNY2

    about 3 years ago

    26 Comments

    I'm sorry,but if these officers had the slightest idea of who they were dealing with...why didn't they approach with "extreme caution..........Please don't get me wrong,I wasn't there,and thank God that they should be good to go.But if this pos even twitched--he's going down.I'll settle for getting my#@#% chewed later..."go min" was a term we used in Okinawa.........meaning...better you than me..........

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    Gunns

    about 3 years ago

    5236 Comments

    Glad the officers will be okay.

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    tremor2

    about 3 years ago

    430 Comments

    God looked out for those officers! Hope they have a speedy recovery, and justice is served on
    their assailant.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Prayers for a speedy recovery....

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    Irishcop1961

    about 3 years ago

    50956 Comments

    Prayers for a full and speedy recovery for both officers.

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    astroud03

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Prayers for the officer's speedy recovery along with the officer's families. Prayers also go out that the dirtbag that did this gets caught quickly.

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    Blueknight23

    about 3 years ago

    86 Comments

    Prayers go out to all of the officers and family members and it is nice to hear that God is somewhere in Chicago. :-)

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    ppc

    about 3 years ago

    188 Comments

    Prayers to the 2 wounded officers for a full and speedy recovery. And to those looking for the coward that shot the officers, take care take no chances and bring this POS to justice

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    PRAYERS FOR A FULL/SPEEDY RECOVERY TO OFFICER'S

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    God is always with those who seek Him but yes, He was most certainly with our brothers last night. Praying for a speedy recovery.

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