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Suspect in shooting of Chicago cop taken into custody after being shot by police, officials say

2019-09-22

After an hours-long search Saturday, Chicago police shot and apprehended a man suspected of shooting a cop, authorities said.

Michael Blackman, 45, was wanted in the morning shooting of an officer in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood, police said. Blackman is also the suspect in the Wednesday shooting of a woman, cops said.

Blackman sustained significant wounds in a gun battle, but no officers were injured, according to the authorities.

“(Blackman) has eight holes in him at this time and a broken femur," Deputy Chief Brendan Deenihan said in a news conference. “He was rushed into surgery in critical condition” at Christ Medical Center.

Blackman has an arrest record that dates to 1991, police Supt. Eddie Johnson said.

Blackman shot the officer, 40, as police attempted to arrest him about 8:40 a.m. Saturday morning during an armed conflict, according to officials. The officer, a 16-year veteran on the force, was rushed to the hospital and went through surgery, police said.

The officer, a father of two, was in stable condition morning, Johnson said at a news conference.

“He’s certainly not out of the woods,” Johnson told reporters. “He’s still a little groggy from the anesthesia, of course, but he’s wiggling his toes.”

Lori Lightfoot, the city’s mayor, asked Chicagoans to keep the officer in their prayers throughout his recovery.