By Rosemary Regina Sobol
7:27 AM CDT, August 27, 2013
Authorities are questioning a man suspected of beating a Chicago police officer as the officer tried to break up a fight in the West Englewood neighborhood over the weekend.
The 29-year-old man was taken into custody around 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Pullman neighborhood and taken to the Area South police station on the Far South Side. No charges have been filed.
The officer was struck around 12:40 a.m. Saturday in the 5700 block of South Winchester Avenue. The officer was hit with a bat while trying to break up a fight possibly involving "dozens" of people, according to police sources.
The officer was taken in serious condition to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of cook county and has been released.
The officer is an Englewood District beat officer who joined the department in 2009, sources said.
The person being questioned has an arrest record that includes murder charges in 2004, according to court documents. He was fouind not guilty and released in 2006. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.
Tribune reporter Jeremy Gorner contributed to this report
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