Chicago police officer killed, suspect in critical condition after shootout

A Chicago police officer was fatally shot Wednesday during a chase on the city’s south side, authorities said. 

The shooting occurred in the 5200 block of S. Spaulding Avenue around 4:45 p.m., Fox Chicago reported. A caller said a suspect was chasing a female with a gun, Police Superintendent David O. Brown told reporters. 

When officers arrived, one officer knocked on the door of where the call originated. A second officer engaged with the suspect and a chase ensued where gunfire was exchanged. 

“Earlier today, we lost one of our own. An on-duty police officer was fatally shot while responding to a person with a gun call. Please pray for this officer’s family, loved ones, partner and all of our Chicago Police officers who are grieving this tremendous loss,” the Chicago Police Department tweeted.

The 18-year-old suspect was struck in the head and an officer was hit multiple times. Both were taken to a hospital.