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Off-Duty Chicago Officer Shoots Man Who Beat Him with Baseball Bat

March 22, 2016  | 

An off-duty Chicago police officer shot and wounded a man who hit him with a baseball bat late Saturday in the Belmont Central neighborhood, authorities said.

The off-duty officer was walking on Schubert Avenue east of Monitor Avenue about 10:30 p.m. when he saw an "aggressive male holding his waistband area," according to a news release from the Chicago Police Department.

The officer, who is assigned to the Town Hall District, announced his office and was in the middle of conducting a protective pat-down when the male, whose age was not released by police, called out to family members. At that point, a 32-year-old man came out of a home armed with a baseball bat and approached the officer, according to the release.

The 37-year-old officer again identified himself as a Chicago police officer, but the 32-year-old continued toward him and struck him multiple times in the upper body with the bat, the release said.

The officer then pulled out his service pistol and fired shots, hitting the man in the leg and in the abdomen, according to police.

The man was hospitalized with gunshot wounds. The officer suffered injuries to his arm. The person whom the officer originally approached for a pat-down was taken into custody, police told the Chicago Tribune.

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kevCopAz @ 3/22/2016 5:40 PM

Hope this turns out well, but folks, please think long and hard before attempting any enforcement off-duty unless you have zero choice! You don't have your tools, you don't have back up and we all know people don't respect your authority. I have spent a life time of Law Enforcement and was luck never to have had to act off-duty. I know that there are exceptions, but any street wise cop knows of what I speak of!

OK then @ 3/22/2016 6:26 PM

It is a damned if you, damned if you don't situation. They want you to be a cop 24/7, but as soon as you are best case scenario is some Duty Captain is looking at you like you are an ass-ole for ruining his or her evening.

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