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Police Search For Gunman Who Shot Off-Duty Police Officer In Face During ‘Road Rage’ Incident In Avondale

The off-duty officer has been with the Police Department for less than a year. She is expected to recover.

Chicago Police work the scene in Irving Park after an off duty CPD officer was shot in an apparent road rage incident on Elston Avenue on Sept. 20, 2022.
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AVONDALE — An off-duty police officer was hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds after someone shot her Tuesday afternoon in what police said was a “road rage incident.” 

About 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, the 27-year-old officer was driving in the 3600 block of North Elston Avenue when someone in an SUV in front of her stopped suddenly and shot at her, police said.

The officer was hit in her face and taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, according to the Fire Department. Her wounds were not considered life-threatening.

Police tried to stop the SUV driver in the 5000 block of West Lawrence Avenue, but the driver crashed into two squads and took off, police said. An officer shot at the SUV as the driver left, police said.

No one was injured in the crash and gunfire on Lawrence Avenue, police said.

The SUV was founded unoccupied in the 5800 block of North Drake Avenue by officers from Northeastern Illinois University, police said.

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Chicago Police work the scene in Irving Park after an off duty CPD officer was shot in an apparent road rage incident on Elston Avenue on Sept. 20, 2022.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday afternoon, police said. 

The victim has been an officer less than a year and was off-duty during the shooting, said Supt. David Brown during a Tuesday news conference

No one else was in the car with the woman during the shooting, and she did not fire or show her gun prior to being shot, Brown said. 

“I did talk to the officer and she is talking. She apparently did not lose consciousness. So thank goodness that she’s going to be able to recover form these injuries,” Brown said. 

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