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Chicago cop struck by ricochet bullet released from hospital

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An 11-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department who was struck in the head by a ricochet bullet South Side Sunday night has been released from the hospital.

About 8:45 p.m. the officers were executing a search warrant for narcotics at a home in the 2700 block of East 92nd Street when someone from inside the home fired a shot that eventually struck the officer between his eyes, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters late Sunday.

Chicago Police officers did not fire any shots, McCarthy added.

The 34-year-old was initially taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital but later transferred to Northwestern where he was in "stable" condition with a fragment of the bullet still lodged in his forehead, McCarthy said.

"He's pretty dazed," McCarthy said. "He got hit pretty hard but he's in good shape."

Police said at 3 a.m. Monday that the officer had been released from the hospital.

Police are questioning six people who were inside the home at the time of the shooting and officers recovered a handgun with one spent round at the scene, McCarthy said.

McCarthy described the officer as "exceptional," adding that he's received more than 200 awards during his time with the Chicago Police Department.

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