An Oak Park police officer was shot this morning while assisting Forest Park police with a traffic stop at 7 a.m., this morning on Harlem Avenue near the Expressway.

“Preliminary reports are that the driver of the stopped vehicle exited and began firing,” said Oak Park spokesman David Powers.

The Oak Park officer returned fire and shot the suspect; both the suspect and the officer are believed to have serious but non-life-threatening injuries. They were transported to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood for treatment, according to Powers, who could offer no further details at this time.

 The incident has led to the closing of the Harlem Avenue overpass over the I-290 expressway as police from several towns, including Oak Park, Forest Park and Maywood, investigate the scene. Illinois State Police are also currently investigating.

Forest Park Deputy Police Chief Ken Gross said the altercation began as a domestic disturbance call on the 900 block of Thomas Avenue in Forest Park. It is believed that the offender took his girlfriend’s car, which was the vehicle he was in when police stopped him.

This is a developing story.

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