Forest Park police officer fatally shoots hit-and-run suspect

FOREST PARK, Ill. -- A Forest Park police officer shot and killed a man driving a car Saturday night near Harlem and Jackson.

Police say it happened at about 6:15 p.m. along the border with Oak Park.

The man was driving a car reported stolen in Glendale Heights and suspected to be involved in a hit-and-run accident in Chicago.

The officer spotted the car and attempted to stop it.

According to a statement released by Deputy Police Chief Michael Keating, "The vehicle turned back eastbound on Jackson in an attempt to elude the officer. As the Forest Park officer approached the vehicle on foot, the suspect vehicle began driving towards the officer, who was in front of the vehicle.”

The officer then fired several shots into the car, hitting the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  His name has not been released.

The Illinois State Police is investigating the shooting.