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Off-duty police officer exchanges gunfire with offender trying to steal vehicle, charges pending

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Charges were pending against a suspect who entered an off-duty Chicago police officer’s car early Saturday morning and an exchange of gunfire ensued after he crashed during an attempt to flee, police said.

Shortly after 2 a.m., the officer was outside of a vehicle in the 1500 block of North Ashland Avenue, when someone entered the officer’s vehicle and struck a fire hydrant as he attempted to flee the scene, Chicago police said.

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Once he crashed, the suspect got out of the vehicle, and an exchange of gunfire ensued.

No one was hit by gunfire, but the suspect was taken into custody and a firearm was recovered, police said.

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Charges were pending.

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