Police working in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side overnight heard gunfire, drove toward it and found a man shooting a handgun toward others, according to authorities.
The shooting happened about 2:30 near the intersection of 63rd Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. It’s not clear if the shooter wounded anyone.
The officers got out of their car and announced their office but the man turned toward police with the gun, so they opened fire, Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Patrick Camden said.
The order represents rank-and-file police officers. The Chicago Police Department, as of 6:25 a.m., had not released a statement about the incident.
The man ran after the officers fired and turned two more times toward police with the gun still in his hand, Camden said. It wasn’t until the third time that he turned that the officers hit him, in the leg.
The 23-year-old ran into a nearby apartment, where he was found, Camden said. Police blocked all four points of access to the intersection and brought a light truck to the scene to help search for evidence.
Police collected a 9-millimeter handgun as evidence, Camden said.
Police also shot at a man in the Albany Park neighborhood on the North Side, in the 5100 block of North Christiana Avenue after midnight.
Police approached a group after being called to a park there for a gang disturbance and a number of young men fled holding their waistbands.
It’s not clear what happened between then and when the officer fired toward one of the men, but nobody was struck and one man was arrested.
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