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Two police officers shot during traffic stop in Chicago

An ambulance at the scene in Chicago after two police officers were shot during a traffic stop on Friday, June 6, 2014 CBS Chicago

CHICAGO - Two police officers are recovering after becoming the target of gunfire during a traffic stop, reports CBS Chicago.

According to the station, the unidentified officers pulled over a vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Friday in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Chicago. As they approached the car, a male passenger, 29-year-old Malik Shabazz, allegedly opened fire. An unidentified female driver was also in the vehicle.

One officer, a 38-year-old with 12 years of experience, was shot in the knee. His partner, 31, was saved when a bullet hit his police vest, CBS Chicago reports.

"Our officers did return fire," said Chicago Police Deputy Superintendent Al Wysinger. "[They] ended up striking the male offender multiple times and the female offender one time in the left shoulder."

The two cops were taken to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., along with Shabazz. Both officers have been released from the hospital, according to the station.

CBS Chicago reports Shabazz has been charged with five counts of attempted murder. He is still hospitalized for wounds sustained in the shooting. The driver of the vehicle was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park and released into police custody.

  • Crimesider Staff

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