As the pair were driving through the "Back of the Yards neighborhood" to follow up on an earlier investigation, two vehicles pulled up to the officers and someone from one of those vehicles opened fire on them with a "high-powered weapon", police said.
Investigators have seized a rifle believed to have been used in the attack in the 4300 block of South Ashland Avenue, along with a handgun. He spoke to the officers and their families but did not address the media. "So we are going to get them".
Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that they were wounded during "an encounter" late Tuesday. Back of the Yards has been embroiled in a violent gang war for several years now, which has recently been escalated by the use of assault-style rifles. The police are also questioning potential witnesses and persons of interest who might know more about the shooting or where the suspects might be found. At the hospital, the officers were visited by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. The officer is on leave while police investigate, but the boy's family wants him fired and criminally charged, their lawyer said.
Murdock, 51, of Little Village, was enjoying a coffee when he heard the gunfire nearby and saw paramedics tending to two officers, at least one of whom was on a stretcher.
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Minutes later, a fast-moving procession of police vehicles activated their lights and sirens and drove southbound. Graham said the officers have been on the force for some time, but did not disclose their ages or genders.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. "It's for their own protection and for the protection of the people of Chicago", said 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke.
Authorities say a man fatally punched a woman who tried to prevent him from re-entering a bar where he had fondled her against her will. In the aftermath of the shootings, upwards to 100 officers saturated the area searching for suspects and weapons.