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U.S. Marshal, K9 shot by suspect during arrest in Belmont Cragin

Two suspects held after U.S. Marshal, K9 are shot in Belmont Cragin
Two suspects held after U.S. Marshal, K9 are shot in Belmont Cragin 02:15

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A U.S. Marshal and a K-9 were shot and wounded Thursday afternoon in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.

At 1:23 p.m., Chicago Police officers and members of the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force were trying to apprehend a wanted suspect in the 5200 block of West Belmont Avenue.

During the course of the arrest, the suspect fired shots and wounded a U.S. Marshal, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

A U.S. Marshal K9 dog was also shot. The animal's condition remained unknown late Thursday.

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A Chicago Police officer returned fire, but did not strike anyone.

Two people were taken into custody, and an investigation is under way.

Police as of 4 p.m. had a stretch of Belmont Avenue blocked off between Laramie and Lockwood avenues. They were focusing their attention on the businesses and buildings on the south side of the street. 

A large number of officers were also seen investigating the alleys and gangways off of Belmont Avenue.

Hickey talked to neighbors and witnesses. Two witnesses actually listen to police scanner traffic regularly and tuned in right after the shots were fired.

"I'm not going to lie – we thought it was drugs or gangbangers – because that's all that's took over this area. But then they when they heard on the scanner, it was like, OK, we've got all these police officers getting shot – you know what I mean?" said one woman, Sue.

"That is unsettling, because at the same time where you have children running around and kids coming out of school and whatnot – it's not too late for kids coming out of school – and hearing this," said witness Mohammad Kanan.

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Kanan pointed out that this comes very soon after a Chicago Police officer was shot and wounded in a different part of the city.

"Just last night, a police officer in Englewood got shot," he said. "So first at first, I was surprised that next thing you know - add on, added on, was a K9 was also shot." 

Meanwhile, our cameras at the MedVet Chicago veterinary hospital, 3305 N. California Ave., captured a man we believe is a U.S. Marshal with blood on his arm. The Fire Department said he was not transported from the scene by ambulance.

The Chicago Police officer who returned fire at the suspect has been placed on routine administrative leave for 30 days. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability will conduct a review.

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