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Man charged with attempted murder in shooting of Chicago police officer on Near West Side

WGN-TV Chicago logo WGN-TV Chicago 7/2/2022 Melissa Espana
Man charged with attempted murder in shooting of Chicago police officer on Near West Side © Provided by WGN-TV Chicago Man charged with attempted murder in shooting of Chicago police officer on Near West Side

CHICAGO - A man was charged in the shooting of a Chicago police officer on the Near West Side.

Jalen Vales, 27, will appear in bond court Saturday. He was charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated battery of a peace officer and with being an armed habitual criminal. Vales was taken into custody Friday.

Police spokesperson, Tom Ahern, on Friday morning said a 12th District officer was shot around 8:30 a.m. and taken to Stroger Hospital.

CPD officer shot during ‘ambush' on Near West Side; suspect in custody

CPD Supt. David Brown said officers responded to a domestic call on the 1300 block of West Taylor Street. When officers got off an elevator to head to an apartment, they were fired upon by the offender. One officer, a male with 15 years on the force, suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Sources said the officer was in serious condition and underwent surgery. Later that day, Brown said the officer was alert and responsive.

Video shows that the officers were fired upon in an "ambush," Brown said.

Chicago police investigate in the 1300 block of West Taylor Street after officials said an officer was shot multiple times while responding to a call of a domestic disturbance in a University Village neighborhood apartment building, Friday morning, July 1, 2022, in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) © Provided by WGN-TV Chicago Chicago police investigate in the 1300 block of West Taylor Street after officials said an officer was shot multiple times while responding to a call of a domestic disturbance in a University Village neighborhood apartment building, Friday morning, July 1, 2022, in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

"We have to remember that officers every single day are risking their lives for our safety," Mayor Lightfoot said at a news conference.

Brown said Chicago officers did not fire their weapons during the incident.

The offender was taken into custody after the shooting and was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital for an injury to his wrists.

Dr. Martin Royeen, who lives in Little Italy, says his neighborhood is typically peaceful. He said the crime surge is a reflection of deeper societal problems.

"These are symptoms of the greater problems and the underlying causes of the problems that have not been addressed in our society," he said.

Vales is a convicted felon, according to police.

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