Officer, teenage bystander wounded in Chicago shootout

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago police officer was shot in the head during a shootout on the city’s Northwest Side that left a suspect dead and a teenage bystander wounded.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference that the 46-year-old officer was wounded on Tuesday evening as police responded to a vehicle pursuit involving a bank robbery suspect and officers from the suburb of Des Plaines.

After the chase ended, Johnson said, the 32-year-old suspect exited his vehicle and entered a music store, where he was fatally shot by a Des Plaines police officer.

Chicago police said a 15-year-old boy who was taking piano lessons at the music shop was shot in the arm and stomach. He was hospitalised in stable condition.

While Johnson said the 17-year police veteran suffered graze wound to the head, Dr Marius Katilius of Illinois Masonic Medical Centre added the officer suffered a skull fracture and had blood on the brain. Katilius said he was in serious but stable condition.