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Three Chicago officers shot, one in critical condition following shootout

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Three Chicago tactical officers were shot in the line of duty while conducting a drug investigation on the West Side of the city Monday night.

According to the Chicago Tribune, The officers were conducting an investigation in response to a narcotics complaint when two suspicious people -a man and a woman- crossed through the courtyard where the investigation was taking place.

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When the officers approached, the male suspect took off.

“Officers gave chase and followed one of the offenders into a dark gangway between two buildings. At some point, the offender fired shots at pursuing officers, striking three,” CPD Sergeant Al Stinites said.

Despite returning fire and killing the suspect, three officers were hit.

Three Chicago police officers were shot Monday night, March 14, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city's West Side. The police officers sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, according to a police spokesman. Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that the officers were taken to a hospital Monday night. (Sam Charles/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Three Chicago police officers were shot Monday night, March 14, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side. The police officers sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, according to a police spokesman. Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that the officers were taken to a hospital Monday night. (Sam Charles/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

One officer suffered a gunshot wound to the back, another in the foot and the third was shot in the chest area, though it was likely he was saved by his bulletproof vest. According to sources, one of the officers was in serious to critical condition.

The woman involved in the incident is being questioned by police. The firearm used in the incident has been recovered.

Ambulances took the three officers to Stroger Hospital, with police shutting down certain streets en-route in anticipation of traffic from a nearby hockey game. Dozens of officers were awaiting the arrival of the ambulances at the hospital, standing around the entrance to the ER.

A member of the Chicago Police Department stands with his dog at the scene where three Chicago police officers were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries and a suspect was shot to death in the 3700 block of West Polk Street in the Homan Square neighborhood Monday, March 14, 2016, in Chicago. The officers were being treated at Stroger Hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT, DAILY HERALD OUT, NORTHWEST HERALD OUT, DAILY CHRONICLE OUT, THE HERALD-NEWS OUT, THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT, TV OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES
A member of the Chicago Police Department stands with his dog at the scene where three Chicago police officers were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries and a suspect was shot to death in the 3700 block of West Polk Street in the Homan Square neighborhood Monday, March 14, 2016, in Chicago. The officers were being treated at Stroger Hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP) 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement, saying that “every day, (officers) put themselves in danger so the rest of us can be safe.”

“Tonight we were reminded of the dangers that our police face, and the bravery that they routinely display as three of our officers were shot in line of duty,” Emanuel said. “The thoughts and prayers of our entire city are with the officers and their families during this difficult time.”

The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on one month of administrative duties, a policy implemented by Chicago PD following a shooting last year.

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