Police respond to shooting

Chicago Police respond to an incident that began in the 5900 block of South Laflin Street in Chicago. At about 6 p.m. shots were fired at police. (Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune / August 16, 2012)

A gunman who opened fire on Chicago police officers was arrested after a chase through yards, gangways and alleys in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, authorities say.

No officers were hurt and they did not fire back. Police say they recovered four handguns from the suspect and two associates.

At about 6 p.m. Thursday, two Englewood District officers on patrol in their squad car near West 59th and South Laflin streets saw a man wearing a pair of gloves, police said.

Suspicious, the officers tried to approach him but he ran away, said Englewood District Cmdr. Leo Schmitz. As one officer chased the man on foot and the other followed in the car, the man turned around with a gun and fired, Schmitz said.

The officers called for backup. They continued to chase the man into a house near 60th Street and Laflin, arrested him and took away his gun, Schmitz said.

As other officers were rushing to the scene, they encountered two men also with guns. One of them ran from police, dropped his two guns and was taken into custody after he was found hiding under a porch, Schmitz said.

The other man was arrested after he allegedly tried to pitch his gun, which police also recovered.

Police believe all three men, alleged gang members, were together shortly before the officers' encounter with the first gunman. Schmitz said his officers' efforts may have prevented the trio from shooting at someone.

"They saw something they know didn't look right. They got in the middle of it," Schmitz said. "They stopped a group of gang members carrying guns."

Police said a fourth person was also being questioned. No charges have been filed as of early Friday morning.

jgorner@tribune.com