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Arrest made after police exchange gunfire on South Side

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One person was arrested in connection with a police-involved shooting on the South SIde early Wednesday. (Ken Herzlich) One person was arrested in connection with a police-involved shooting on the South SIde early Wednesday. (Ken Herzlich)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A male who is believed to have exchanged gunfire with police early Wednesday was taken into custody a short distance from where the firefight occurred, police said.

The male, whose identity has not been released because he has not yet been charged, was shot in the exchange, said police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Gaines said.

About 12:09 a.m., officers were on patrol when they heard shots fired near the intersection of West 91st Street and South Marshfield Avenue, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

The officers then saw a male running down an alley to flee the area and chased after him, according to the statement.

Police followed the male through several back yards in the 9200 block of South Justine Street. During the chase, the suspect turned around and shot at the officers, who then returned fire, said Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Pat Camden.

The pursuit continued through the alley to the street, when the suspect again raised his gun at officers. But before he could shoot, officers fired again, Camden said.

While the gunman was initially at-large, blood was discovered in the area and it was believed that the officers had shot him Camden said.

Later, the gunman was found wounded nearby, said Gaines said, who could not give an exact location of where the arrest was made.

No officers were injured and a semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene, Camden said.

At first Camden said he believed the gunman was a male who reportedly walked into Jackson Park Hospital with a bullet wound to the head, but that initial account was inaccurate, according to Gaines.

The Independent Police Review Authority, which examines all police involved shootings, is conducting an investigation.

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