Chicago Officer Hit by 'Blunt Object' During Foot Pursuit

July 13--A Chicago police officer was hit in the back and shoulder area with a blunt steel object -- possible metal from a bed frame -- as he chased a person through the South Side early Friday morning, police said.

The officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

The chase started when officers saw two men, one with a gun, standing in a garage in the alley between the 8000 blocks of Manistee and Burnham avenues about 1:10 a.m.

The man with the gun took off through a gangway toward Burnham Avenue and one officer got out of the car to chase him while his partner circled around the block to cut him off, police said.

The chase doubled back toward the garage when the second person inside stepped out and hit the officer twice with a blunt object, police said. Police found and are inventorying metal that appears to be from a bed frame nearby but it's not clear if that's what the wounded officer was struck with.

Nobody else was injured, and nobody is in custody.

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