An Evanston police officer and a suspect in a domestic violence incident were both shot this morning in an exchange of gunfire on the city’s west side.

Police Commander Tom Guenther said at a news conference this afternoon that the wounded officer — who’d been on the street just three days — and his training officer responded to the report of a domestic violence incident in progress at 1506 Pitner Ave. about 9 a.m.

They and a third backup officer were on the scene when the shooting broke out.

Guenther said the investigation into exactly how the incident unfolded is continuing and that, because officers fired shots, the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force has been called in to handle that aspect of the investigation.

He said the injured officer, who he declined to name pending notification of relatives, is hospitalized in good condition with a gunshot wound to the hand.

Guenther said the suspect, identified as Reggie Henley, an Evanston resident believed to be in his late 20s, was undergoing surgery at a local hospital where his condition was not known.

Guenther said a woman believed to be a relative of the abuse victim called an Evanston police officer she knew this morning and said that the suspect had beaten the victim in the early hours of this morning and that she feared it was about to happen again.

That officer was on another call, but contacted the police dispatch center which sent the other officers to the scene.

The caller also reportedly told the officer she believed the suspect had a gun, and Guenther said investigators did recover a gun at the scene.

Guenther said that although the injured officer was new on the street, he had already undergone a full course of training at the police academy.

He said the female victim in the domestic violence incident had suffered some injuries, but she apparently was not hospitalized.

He said the exact relationship between the victim and the suspect was not known and it wasn’t clear whether either of them were residents of the two-flat at 1506 Pitner, although he said he believed relatives of the victim did live there.

With the investigation continuing, no charges have been filed so far against the suspect.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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