A Chicago police officer who was shot Saturday in West Englewood is in stable condition and will reportedly have to undergo many more surgeries in his future. The officer reportedly used a tourniquet on himself to stop the bleeding.
Police said 45-year-old Michael Blackman allegedly shot the officer. The suspect is listed in critical condition. Authorities told WGN that Blackman has eight holes in his body following the shooting.
The officer, a 40-year-old and a 16-year veteran of CPD, was on the 1900 block of West 65th Street around 8:40 a.m. Saturday when he and his partner came into contact with the gunman and a "physical struggle" ensued, followed by an armed confrontation, according to CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson.
After the shooting, the officer was able to apply his own tourniquet as his partner applied pressure to the wounds. Johnson said the officer's partner placed him inside a squad car and he was rushed the hospital.