Off-duty officer shoots, kills burglar in Old Town Triangle neighborhood

Chicago police shot and killed a man in the Old Town Triangle neighborhood before midnight Saturday night, according to police and a union spokesman.

The off-duty officer lives in the area and saw a man on the porch of a vacant apartment about 11:30 p.m., Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Patrick Camden said.

The officer called 911 twice during the incident, Camden said.

He called out to the man to see what he was doing and the man replied “you don’t want no part of me,” Camden said.

The man had a bag or sack over his shoulder and his hand on his waistband, Camden said, but repeatedly ignored the officer’s commands to come down after he identified himself as an officer.

“So he comes downstairs and the officer says, ‘Let me see your hands.’ The guy keeps telling him, ‘You don’t want no part of me,’” Camden said. “And a neighbor is standing there and tells him, ‘He’s a police officer, he’s a police officer, show him your hands.’”

The man turned down a gangway and started to walk away but the officer told him there was no way out of that gangway, Camden said.

The man, in a dark gangway, grabbed his waistband and threatened to kill the officer while continuing to ignore the officer’s demands to show his hands, Camden said.

The officer opened fire after the man grabbed his waistband, striking the man, Camden said. He died at the scene, and the officer was not injured.

“It was pretty loud to be heard inside his apartment, so it had to be super loud for it to be heard,” said Taimur Farasat, 27, who was at a friend’s house on Lincoln Avenue when he heard two gunshots.

The Chicago Police Department released a statement about 4 a.m. confirming Camden’s account of the shooting.

It’s not clear whether a gun was recovered at the scene. As of 5 a.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office wasn’t sure who the dead man was, but said he was in his 20s and pronounced dead at the scene about 12:20 a.m.

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10 comments

  • Abbie

    Thank you, Off-Duty Police Officer. You easily could have ignored the whole incident, but you didn't. Maybe Chicago has a chance if we have citizens like you!

  • esco

    Due to the amount of shootings in Chicago that officer experiences, I can see why he didn't take a chance at letting someone pull a gun on him. Chicago's not a good town to be bluffing that you have one.

  • BearArms

    Well, he just saved us some taxpayer money. And please, do shoot me if I ever threaten you by saying that ” I have a gun”. Thanks.

    • Jim

      How this man is a millionaire no gun at the scene Any lawyer would pick this up pro bono just for the opportunity to file suit against the city. Chicago in the last 4 years paid over 400 million in lawsuits. So do some research you haven't saved anything this man will own a bentley convertible and a 4 bedroom in the trump by 2015.

    • Tiffany

      Well you need to pay attention before you go adding your comments, it was never said that he said he had a gun you damn idiot, and no weapons were found.

  • Anonymous

    First I would like to send my condolences to the family of this young man.. But all too often we here ” he didn’t do anything” my brother was killed similar by a police officer but come to find out he did have a gun and didn’t obey the law according to a recording of the incident. Yes we were hurt but we later understood the truth… Questions need to be asked and answered. Why was he on an abandoned porch, and why did the officer suspect anything?

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