Off-duty Michigan cop wounded after discharging gun in hotel

Police said two people were wounded when a firearm was discharged inside a River North hotel room Saturday afternoon. One of the injured, the person who had been handling the gun, is an off-duty police officer from Michigan, according to a Chicago Fire Department spokesperson.

Officers responded to the hotel in the 300 block of North Dearborn Street at approximately 3:10 p.m. Saturday. The 23-year-old off-duty police officer had been handling a gun when it fired, striking himself in the left hand and a 25-year-old man in the stomach.

Both men were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in fair condition.

The off-duty police officer, who Chicago Fire Department director of media affairs Larry Langford said is from the Grand Rapids area, was initially in custody and charges were pending. In an online update, Chicago police later said the officer was not in custody and that the incident would be investigated as an “accidental discharge.”

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