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Officials: 2 suspects hurt in crash after trying to run over cop

2 suspects in custody after trying to run over officer

Two suspects were injured when they crashed their car while fleeing a Chicago police officer who fired at them on the South Side Wednesday, officials said.

The incident occurred about 10:45 a.m. at 79th Street near Colfax and Kingston avenues, authorities said.  Police had been called to the area when shots were fired from a car, according to Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Patrick Camden.

A description of the car, a red Ford Mustang, went out over police radio frequencies and an officer spotted a car matching the description  79th and Exchange Avenue that had been forced to stop when railroad gates closed, Camden said.

An officer got out of her squad car and walked up to the Mustang, but the driver put the car in reverse and tried to run her over, Camden said. The officer shot at the car, but the driver kept going and she fired shots into the car on the driver’s side, Camden said.

The car sped west on 79th Street and crashed into another car near 79th and Colfax, Camden said. The Mustang ended up on its roof.

One of the men in the car was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, while the other was taken to South Shore Hospital, Camden said. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

A gun was recovered from the Mustang, Camden said.

Police News Affairs could only confirm that there was police activity in the area of the crash.

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