Chicago: Statement on Police-involved in shooting

Shooting in the  3900 block of W. Chicago Avenue
Statement on Police-Involved Shooting in the  3900 block of W. Chicago Avenue

CHICAGO, IL – On February 16, 2013, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Harrison District (11th) Tactical Officers were conducting patrol near the 3900 block of W. Chicago Av. when they observed a male offender conduct a hand-to-hand narcotics transaction while in the company of several other male subjects.
The offender looked in the direction of the officers and fled on foot into an adjacent vacant lot. The officers exited their tactical car, identified their office, but the offender refused to stop and fled into a van located in the vacant lot.
The offender began steering the van in the direction of the officers who attempted to remove the offender out of the vehicle. The offender shifted the van in reverse and then forward in a continued attempt to evade arrest by striking the officers.
The officers repeatedly shouted and verbally directed the offender to stop and exit the van, but the offender refused and accelerated the van while attempting to pin an officer in between the front bumper of the van and the front bumper of the Chicago Police tactical car blocking his path.
Due to this evasive and dangerous behavior, an officer, in fear for his life and the safety of his partners, discharged his weapon striking the offender.
The offender, a 23-year-old male black, was subsequently taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in serious condition. The officer was transported to UIC Hospital for treatment to cuts and bruises sustained during this incident.
Narcotics were recovered inside the vehicle, near the offender.
This matter remains under investigation and all further inquiries should be directed to the Independent Police Review Authority at 312-446-3298.

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