08/30/2012 11:54 am ET

Chicago Police Officer, 15-Year-Old Recovering After Shootout

A 35-year-old Chicago police officer and a 15-year-old male were wounded Wednesday evening in a gunfire exchange on the city's Far South Side.

Police say the shooting took place around 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of 112th Place near Ada Park after three teenage boys were stopped by plain clothes officers for "suspicious activity," the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

When police approached the group, the boys fled and at least one of the officers chased after the group on foot, according to the Chicago Tribune. One of the boys opened fire and hit the officer, a five-year veteran of the force, in the knee.

The officer shot back, striking the teen in the abdomen.

Witnesses told NBC Chicago they heard as many as 15 gun shots fired and, according to the Sun-Times, some area residents claim the officer fired his gun first. A weapon was recovered from the scene.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Wednesday that "our folks did a great job," according to ABC Chicago.

"He's in pain. He is annoyed, but we're all satisfied that at least we won this one, and hopefully it doesn't happen again, but obviously, they did a great job and I couldn't be more proud," McCarthy continued.

The alleged gunman is listed in serious condition, according to NBC, while the other two teens are in police custody. The officer was in stable condition Thursday.

No charges have been filed as of Thursday morning.



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