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Off-duty Officer Shot in Chicago

May 04, 2015  | 

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An off-duty Oak Park, Ill., police officer was shot early Sunday on Chicago's South Side, according to authorities, reports the Chicago Tribune.

A family member said 58-year-old officer Johnny Patterson was leaving for work when he was approached by two males armed with a gun in the alleyway behind his home in the 300 block of West 103rd Place.

Just after 5:00 a.m., there was an exchange of gunfire -- five or six shots -- and the officer was hit in his arm and leg, said the officer's grandson, 19-year-old Semaj Patterson.

The gunmen fled the scene, and the officer was taken to the hospital. A short time later, police said two people were taken into custody.

Chicago police believe this may have been a robbery or carjacking attempt.

The wounded officer, a 25-year veteran of the force, is in stable condition, according to a statement released by Oak Park police.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 5/5/2015 4:50 PM

A very speedy recovery to you officer Patterson. You can't walk out your front door anymore without clearing the front sidewalk first.

kevCopAz @ 5/5/2015 8:05 PM

Glad it worked out that way. Im also glad I fled from Chicago to Phx 35+ years ago for just such reasons. That city is lost, along with Detroit, Philadelphia, NYC , Baltimore, D.C. and others. Retire, get out while you can, let those Liberal run cities fend for themselves, come west where crime is way lower (well not LA, stop in AZ)

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