3 Chicago cops recovering after shootout that left suspect dead

Three Chicago police officers were recovering from wounds Tuesday morning after an exchange of gunfire with a suspect who was shot dead during a chase through a dimly lit courtyard in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side, authorities said.

The shootout occurred about 9:40 p.m. Monday as the officers were investigating "possible narcotics activity" in the 3700 block of West Polk Street, police said in a statement. They approached Lamar Harris, 29, who took off running and then turned and fired, hitting one officer in the back, another in the foot and the third officer in the chest, possibly in his bulletproof vest, police said.

At least one of the officers returned fire and killed Harris, Sgt. Al Stinites said at the scene late Monday.   

The officers, all veterans with about 10 to 12 years on the police force, were rushed to Stroger Hospital and were expected to survive, authorities said. One of the officers was in serious-to-critical condition late Monday, a source said.

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