By: George Lombardi On: August 08, 2021 In: Articles Comments: 0

The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood

One Chicago police officer died and another was critically wounded Saturday night during a confrontation on the city’s South Side, according to reports.

The officers were shot during a traffic stop in the West Englewood neighborhood. They returned fire and struck one of three suspects, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. That suspect was hospitalized, another was taken into custody and the third remained at large, police told reporters.

A large group of Chicago police officers gathered overnight outside the University of Chicago Medical Center, where the two wounded police officers were transported. One of the officers, a woman, later died there, the Cook County medical examiner’s office told the newspaper.

“Obviously our hearts ache for the loss of life,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, according to the Sun-Times.

The officer was the first fatally shot in the line of duty since Lightfoot took office in 2019, the Chicago Tribune reported. Four other officers died from the coronavirus, according to the newspaper.

“We ask the city of Chicago to pray for both officers, their families and their fellow officers who are struggling with the facts of this,” First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter told reporters, according to the Sun-Times. “It’s just another example of how the Chicago Police Department and these officers put their lives above that of others to protect this city day in, day out.”

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown was out of town, the Sun-Times reported.

Dozens of police officers responded to the crime scene at 63rd Street and Bell Avenue soon after the shooting, while a police helicopter flew overhead, the Sun-Times reported.

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