CHICAGO — Police announced charges against a man accused of shooting and seriously wounding a Chicago police officer on the South Side.
Michael Blackman, 45, faces five counts of attempted murder for several incidents, including the shooting of that officer Saturday, as well as a shooting that injured a woman, last week.
The officer was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition. He was part of a team trying to track Blackman.
Police tracked him down to near 65th and Winchester and say he opened fire on the officer.
He got away, but police found him nearby a few hours later and shot him.
"Blackman is no stranger to criminal activity. He has open warrants from suburban jurisdictions for offenses including burglary. A further look at his criminal history reveals a pattern of escalating illegal activity," said CPD First Deputy Superintendent, Anthony Riccio.
Blackman remains in critical condition.