Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that they were wounded during "an encounter" late Tuesday. Officials said the injuries weren't life threatening.
Police believe the two officers were targeted, followed to the area of 43rd and Ashland, which is in the Old Stockyards in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
The good news is both of the plainclothes officers have been released from the hospital.
Supt. Eddie Johnson says the two officers were in their squad auto a little after 9:00 p.m. working in a tactical unit for a follow-up investigation.
Chicago police say two officers have been shot and wounded during an incident on the city's Southwest Side. "As a matter of fact, we have a few persons of interest that we're talking to right now, so we'll see where that leads us", Johnson said. "Right now, there's an extensive manhunt underway for the individuals responsible and we will get them". He stated that if the suspects did not care about firing upon police officers, they also would have no problem "firing at other citizens of this great city".
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"We will get them", he said.
Police recovered multiple weapons from the scene of the crime. Back of the Yards has been embroiled in a violent gang war for several years now, which has recently been escalated by the use of assault-style rifles. Authorities say they were in an unmarked vehicle when two other vehicles pulled up alongside the officers and opened fire. At least 46 people were shot in those attacks, 13 fatally.
According to sources, the officer shot in the arm and hip is from Beverly and attended St. Barnabas Elementary School. The officer is on leave while police investigate, but the boy's family wants him fired and criminally charged, their lawyer said.
Thomas Murdock, 51, of Little Village, had been in a Dunkin' Donuts when he heard gunfire and saw paramedics tending to two officers, one of them on a stretcher.
Minutes later, a procession of police vehicles raced north.