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Police officer shot at gas station in Chicago suburb

Police officer shot in Chicago suburb
Police officer shot in Chicago suburb 02:34

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (CBS) – Bedford Park police are investigating after an officer was shot at a gas station Sunday morning.

Police say around 3:40 a.m., officers responded to a report of a vehicle crash, in the 6700 block of South Archer Avenue. Upon arrival, police discovered a stolen gray BMW that had crashed into a dumpster.

The vehicle was reported stolen in a carjacking in Chicago. Surveillance video showed two men running into a wooded area behind the nearby Speedway gas station.

Officers saw two suspects emerge from a grassy area and enter a vehicle at the gas station in the 6800 block of South Archer Avenue a short time later.

When officers went to investigate, police said one man started fighting with an officer, and during the fight, the suspect pulled out a gun, shooting the cop multiple times. There has been no indication the officers fired back, despite getting fired upon and the one officer getting shot.

The wounded officer was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Police said his condition was stabilized. 

"I heard he's fine. He had surgery," said Maureen Votteler, who manages the Southern Belles Restaurant & Pancake House across the street from the diner.

Votteler said the shooting was the talk of the diner Sunday morning.

"It was sad to see all the police officers here, and the yellow tapes. So you knew someone got hurt. Something bad happened," she said. "I know all of these guys very well. I've been here 40 years. Good guys. … I was sick, I was sick." 

The Bedford Park police station is just down the street from the gas station, which is why officers were able to respond so quickly.

"That was dumb. So hopefully no one will come around this part of town anymore," Votteler said. "People need to go out and get a job. Just don't take from other people."

Two suspects were taken into custody. Two firearms were recovered at the scene.

Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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