Teen dead after apparent shootout with police

CHICAGO — A teenager is dead after an apparent shootout with police late Friday night in the Washington Park neighborhood.

Two officers were responding to a call of a person with a gun near the 5800 block of S. Wabash at about 11:10 p.m.

The uniformed officers drove down an alley toward a group of people, police say, and as they approached one allegedly pulled out a gun and fired a shot at the front bumper of the officers’ vehicle.

Officers returned fire and hit the individual, who was taken to Stroger Hospital and later pronounced dead. He is believed to be 17 years old but his identity has not been confirmed by police yet. A weapon was recovered on the scene.

But the teen’s uncle tells WGN that Lewis didn’t shoot at officers. The uncle says it’s not clear who shot at the police car.

An overnight security guard for a nearby recycling company heard the shots fired.

“I heard 15 to 20 shots,” said Edward Strickland. “It’s common around here. So When I hear them, I just stay away form the windows and doors.”

Neither of the officers were hurt.  They will be placed on administrative leave for 30 days.

The incident is under investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority.