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CPD Officer Shot In West Englewood Serving Warrant, Shooter On The Loose 'Armed And Dangerous'

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A 40-year-old Chicago police officer was shot in the West Englewood neighborhood Saturday morning while serving a warrant.

According to CPD spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi, the offender, Michael Blackman, fled the scene and is considered armed and dangerous. A search is underway for the gunman.

Police said the incident took place in the 1900 block of West 65th Street.

Chicago police said the officer was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center and sources say he was shot twice in the groin. Guglielmi said the officer is completing surgery, and his condition has been stabilized.

CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson said the officer had the "self awareness to make his own tourniquet while his partners maintained pressure on the gunshot wound on the way to the hospital."

CPD Officer Shot In West Englewood

A Chicago police officer was shot Saturday morning while serving a warrant to the suspect in the Fulton River District shooting. A search is underway for the shooter who is considered armed and dangerous.

Posted by CBS Chicago on Saturday, September 21, 2019

The trauma surgeon on call addressed the media and said the officer had wounds to his left groin as well as two holes in his left lower leg that involved one of the largest veins in the leg. She said the officer came in bleeding to death and was taken right to surgery. The officer also has significant fractures in the leg.

Blood transfusions were started in the emergency room. The surgeon said the officer has been stabilized but will need additional operations.

Police confirmed the officer, who was shot near 64th and Winchester, was serving a warrant for the Fulton River District shooting suspect. The shooting suspect is Michael Blackman.

In that case, a 28-year-old woman was shot in the Fulton River District by a man on a bicycle Wednesday in the 200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.

The man believed to be Blackman was seen on surveillance video on the bike after shooting the woman in broad daylight. Police released new images of the suspect on Thursday.

Sources told CBS 2 the suspect bailed out of a window of the house after shooting at police. SWAT is now searching for him, source say.

Sources say the officer seriously injured is part of the fugitive apprehension unit. Fellow officers put him in squad car and brought him to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

In a press conference, officials said the officer had lost a significant amount of blood by the time he arrived at the hospital.

According to sources, Blackman's criminal record includes charges of driving with a suspended license, cocaine possession, burglary, domestic battery, theft and disorderly conduct.

Johnson warned residents to be aware that Blackman is on the loose and may be armed.

"He is a dangerous individual," Johnson said.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke at a press conference Saturday and said "we are reminded of the sacrifice our officers make every day." She asked Chicago to pray for the responder and his family and thanked the Chicago police.

This is a developing story.


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