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Chicago Police Officer Shot in Off-Duty Incident, Investigation Underway

The city’s senior police officer reports that a Chicago off-duty police officer was shot after getting out of his car to shift garbage cans that were obstructing an alley. The cop was going home after supper on Wednesday night in the city’s West Side when he was attacked.

Interim Superintendent of Chicago Police Fred Waller characterized the officer as having been with the force for more than 20 years. “He’s very emotional and happy to just be grazed in the arm because the amount of shell casings that we found out there, it could have been very, very much worse,” Waller said.

Waller claimed that as the officer was driving, “some garbage cans that were blocking his path” came into view. “He got out to remove the garbage cans and upon returning to his vehicle, several subjects — approximately maybe five — confronted him and began firing upon him,” Waller told reporters.

The officer got back into his vehicle, returned fire, and then was fired upon again.”  The officer then drove to safety, according to Waller. At least one weapon was discovered at the scene, according to Waller, and it may belong to an offender.

Currently, there is a probe going on. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the cop who opened fire will undergo a regular 30-day administrative duty period. The Chicago Police Department has been contacted by Fox News Digital for additional comment. Local time was around 9:15 p.m. when the shooting took place.

Areanah Preston, a Chicago police officer, was shot and died outside her South Side house on May 6 after coming home from a night shift, according to police. She was the sixth and last victim of a series of robberies that, according to the prosecution’s testimony in court, were started because one of the defendants reportedly “needed money for a barbecue.”

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Charges in Preston’s killing include murder and robbery against Trevell Breeland, 19, Joseph Brooks, 19, Jakwon Buchanan, 18, and a 16-year-old juvenile whose identity was not published. Additionally, they were accused by police of participating in a carjacking, five other armed robberies that same night, and, in Breeland’s case, felon in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors claimed that none of the four had a job or a high school diploma, and that all four had significant criminal records. Prosecutors claim that Brooks, the alleged triggerman, told officers he shot Preston when he observed her reaching for her service weapon. According to the evidence presented by the prosecution, Preston exchanged fire and fired two shots before being hit in the face and neck.

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