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Chicago cop returns to work in hospital gown just hours after he was shot in the face while on duty 

A Chicago police officer who was shot in the face on Monday returned to work that same evening, saluted by his colleagues as he entered the precinct still wearing his hospital gown. 

The unnamed officer was shot in the cheek at the North & Sheffield Commons shopping center, in the Lincoln Park district of the city, after a disturbance created by a man not wearing a face mask inside an Ulta Beauty store. 

Alderman Brian Hopkins, who represents Chicago’s 2nd Ward, in which the confrontation happened, said that the gunman and a person who was with him had failed to wear masks, violating the city’s COVID-19 protocols.

‘We do know that the offender and the person he was with were not wearing masks, and there was some type of confrontation,’ Hopkins told CBS 2.

‘It’s too early to say if that confrontation was the result of them not wearing a mask.’ Chicago orders all residents to mask up in indoor public spaces, regardless of their vaccination status. 

Hopkins added: ‘The good news is the officer’s injuries are not life-threatening, but let’s pause and reflect on the fact that it is life-altering. 

‘Getting shot in the face is no small matter – even if you’re going to live from those injuries, and even if you’re going to fully recover from those injuries – and let’s pray that he will.’ 

A police officer was shot in the face on Monday afternoon, but returned to his precinct, in the 18th District, later that evening – still wearing his hospital gown

Officers saluted as the unnamed cop returned to work, just hours after being shot

Officers saluted as the unnamed cop returned to work, just hours after being shot

The officer was seen entering the building, as his colleagues looked on and saluted

The officer was seen entering the building, as his colleagues looked on and saluted

Alderman Hopkins said that the dispute started when a man flouted the city's COVID mask requirements inside the shopping center

Alderman Hopkins said that the dispute started when a man flouted the city’s COVID mask requirements inside the shopping center

Police were called at around 3:30pm, and the person got into a struggle with an officer. The struggle continued out into parking lot.

A spokesman for the police tweeted a photo of the weapon, recovered at the scene

A spokesman for the police tweeted a photo of the weapon, recovered at the scene

Superintendent David Brown, chief of Chicago police, said that the suspect then fired three rounds at an officer and struck him once in the face. The cop sustained a ‘through and through’ injury, meaning the bullet passed into his body, and then back out. 

The suspected shooter was in custody, sources said. No officers fired back. 

Tom Ahern, a spokesman for the Chicago force, tweeted a photo of the weapon, which was recovered at the scene.

By nightfall, the officer had been released from hospital, and stopped by his precinct on the way home, less than a mile from the scene of his shooting.

His fellow officers stood outside the 18th District police station, saluting as he entered, in footage broadcast by CBS.

The officer is the 12th to be shot in the line of duty in Chicago this year.

One of the 12, Ella French, was killed in August while policing a traffic stop. 

The scene of Monday's shooting, in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. The officer was shot outside Ulta Beauty

The scene of Monday’s shooting, in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. The officer was shot outside Ulta Beauty

Ella French (pictured) was murdered while policing a traffic stop. Her death was the first fatal shooting of a Chicago officer in the line of duty since Lightfoot took office, prompting the mayor to increase the police department's budget after publicly supporting the 'defund the police' movement a month earlier

Ella French (pictured) was murdered while policing a traffic stop. Her death was the first fatal shooting of a Chicago officer in the line of duty since Lightfoot took office, prompting the mayor to increase the police department’s budget after publicly supporting the ‘defund the police’ movement a month earlier

Brothers Emonte, 21, and Eric Morgan, 22, were said to have been driving with expired license plates, prompting police to pull them over.

Her death was the first fatal shooting of a Chicago officer in the line of duty since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office and the first female officer fatally shot on the job there in 33 years.

Following French’s death, Lightfoot unveiled a new plan to ‘refund the police’ – a $16.7 billion spending plan that will boost funding for officers – which lifted the Chicago Police Department’s annual budget from $1.7 billion to $1.9 billion.

Violent crimes are up across the board in the Windy City.

Since 2019, murders are up a whopping 56 percent. More than 200 additional murders were committed in 2021 than in 2019.

The pandemic also inspired an influx of crime. Since 2020, murders are up by three percent.

Violent assaults are also up, with nearly 100 more cases of aggravated battery taking place this year than in 2019, before the pandemic – with more than two months left to go.

Meanwhile sexual assaults and rapes are up by more than 25 percent in the past year.  

Yet gun violence is arguably the city’s most pressing issue – with 1,606 people shot in this past summer alone – the population equivalent to many American small towns.

From June to August this year 261 Chicago citizens were killed, on pace to be the deadliest stretch in nearly a quarter-century for the city.

Violent crimes are up across the board in Chicago, with murders are up a whopping 56 percent since 2019 and three percent since 2020. According to the 2020 Uniform Crime Report released in late September by the FBI, 94 percent of the homicides were committed with a firearm

Violent crimes are up across the board in Chicago, with murders are up a whopping 56 percent since 2019 and three percent since 2020. According to the 2020 Uniform Crime Report released in late September by the FBI, 94 percent of the homicides were committed with a firearm 

In Chicago, fatal shootings accounted for 94 per cent of all homicides so far this year – compared to the still-dismal 90 that happened in 2020.

In September eight-year-old Demetrius D Stevenson was shot dead while playing on the porch of his home in a gang-related shooting in a Chicago suburb.

The young boy was shot in the head after a car pulled up to the house, located at 15724 Homan Avenue, and gang members fired shots at Stevenson’s 18-year-old brother – the main target, local authorities said.

Demetrius Stevenson was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting in front of his home last month as data showed that gun violence is arguably Chicago's most pressing issue - with 1,606 people shot in this past summer alone

Demetrius Stevenson was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting in front of his home last month as data showed that gun violence is arguably Chicago’s most pressing issue – with 1,606 people shot in this past summer alone

Officials noted that gunfire was returned towards the car. Stevenson was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead from his gunshot wounds, and his brother escaped injury.

Days earlier high school wrestling champion Melissa ‘Azul’ de la Garza, 18, was coming back from a day of shopping for Halloween costumes and had just finished a Facetime call with her sister when an unidentified man approached her car and shot her multiple times in the torso before fleeing, according to the Chicago Police Department.

She was sitting in her parked car when the fatal shooting happened and she was pronounced dead after being rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital while in critical condition.

The influx of firearms into the hands of Chicago criminals spurred Superintendent Brown to label his own city the ‘ground zero for violence’ in an interview earlier this month with CNN.

‘It’s violent people in possession of weapons,’ he was sure to add.

Melissa 'Azul' de la Garza (center), 18, was also shot dead. She was sitting in her parked car outside her home in Chicago's Southwest Side when an unidentified gunman shot her multiple times in the torso

Melissa ‘Azul’ de la Garza (center), 18, was also shot dead. She was sitting in her parked car outside her home in Chicago’s Southwest Side when an unidentified gunman shot her multiple times in the torso


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