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Suspect Arrested After Shootout With Police

CHICAGO (STMW) -- A male who is believed to have exchanged gunfire with police early Wednesday was taken into custody a short distance from where the firefight occurred, police said.

The male, whose identity has not been released because he has not yet been charged, was shot in the exchange, said police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Gaines said.

About 12:30 a.m., officers heard shots fired near the intersection of West 91st Street and South Ashland Avenue, said Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Pat Camden.

When they arrived at the scene, the officers saw three males running from the area, Camden said.

Police chased one of them through several back yards in the 9200 block of South Justine Street. During the chase, the suspect turned around and shot at the officers, who then returned fire, Camden said.

The pursuit continued through the alley to the street, where the suspect raised his gun at officers again. Before he could shoot, officers fired again, Camden said.

While the gunman was initially at-large, blood was discovered in the area and it was believed that the officers had shot him Camden said.

The gunman was found wounded nearby, said Gaines said, who could not give an exact location of where the arrest was made.

No officers were injured and a semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene, Camden said.

Camden initially said he believed the gunman was a male who reportedly walked into Jackson Park Hospital with a bullet wound to the head, but that initial account was inaccurate, according to Gaines.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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