BREAKING: Off-duty officer followed, shot in the head, healing prayers needed

CHICAGO, Ill. – We have just learned of reports that an off-duty officer in Chicago was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday morning after being shot in the head.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the shooting occurred in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago just after 1:30 a.m., just a few blocks from CPD headquarters. The officer was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was undergoing emergency surgery, said police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi.

Authorities are saying he was being followed.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the 25-year-old officer was driving near 37th and Prairie around 1:30 a.m., when he and his female passenger noticed a black Toyota following them. They called 911, and seconds later a gunman in the vehicle following them opened fire, shooting the officer in the head.