Two Officers Shot While Serving Warrant For Guns

09/01/2010 10:08 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Two Chicago police officers were wounded early Wednesday while attempting to serve a search warrant for weapons in the home of a gang member.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the officers entered a home in the 7700 block of South Hoyne Avenue just after midnight. They entered through a rear door of the residence and announced themselves as officers, when shots were fired from behind a closed door.

A 41-year-old male officer was shot in his arm and a 38-year-old male officer was shot in his arm and leg, NBC Chicago reports. Both were hospitalized, but expected to make full recoveries.

Despite being wounded by gunfire, the officers did not return fire inside the home. Police Supt. Jody Weis praised them for their "fire discipline," and said there were elderly people in the residence.

Two men from inside the home were arrested and charges are pending. Police also recovered an assault rifle and several handguns, NBC reports.

"This is a stark reminder of the dangers officers face every day. ...," Weis told reporters. "These offenders showed complete disregard for life, firing a gun at police officers while elderly residents were in the home."

Also on Wednesday morning, a female officer driving to work in her own car was shot at by a passing vehicle, the Tribune reports. The incident happened in the 3200 block of West Belmont Ave. about 4:25 a.m. Bullets hit her car, but she was uninjured.

The shootings come after a violent few months for Chicago police officers. Three officers have been fatally shot since May.

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