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Police-involved shooting leaves man dead

A Chicago police detective shot and killed a man who apparently tried to run him down with his car.

It happened in south suburban Hazel Crest.

Ryan Rogers, 27, was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

Rogers’ family members say they have many questions surrounding his death and has filed a lawsuit.

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A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Chicago Police Department over a shooting that killed a south suburban man.

Tuesday night of last week, Chicago police detectives were doing surveillance work on the 1900 block of West 171st street in south suburban East Hazel Crest.  According to Chicago Police News Affairs, the officers approached a man and a woman who had just gotten into their vehicle.  Police say that vehicle then sped towards the police hitting an unmarked car. Police say one of the officers opened fire because he feared for his life. The driver, 27-year-old Ryan Rogers was hit and killed.

Rogers family members filed a lawsuit citing three unnamed Chicago police officers as defendants.  They are seeking more than a million dollars in damages.  The family’s attorney says they are wondering why Chicago police officers were working in East Hazel Crest.

Rogers’ family members provided WGN News with photos of the vehicle involved in the incident.  There are no dents or scratches that show the SUV had hit an unmarked police car.  The family also wants to know why there are no bullet holes in the front windshield.  The photos show the left side window shot out.

Rogers had two children, a 4-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl.

Because this was a police-involved shooting, the Independent Police Review Authority is handling the investigation.

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Chicago Police Department over a shooting that killed a south suburban man.

Police say Chicago detectives were conducting surveillance last week in East Hazel Crest, when they approached a man and woman getting into a vehicle in the 1900 block of West 171st Street.

Police say an officer shot the man, Ryan Rogers, 27, after Rogers allegedly accelerated toward the officer and hit his car.

Rogers was later pronounced dead at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Calumet City.

Attorneys for Rogers’ family say he did not know the people in the other car were police, and that the Police Department has not explained why Chicago detectives were in East Hazel Crest, or why they confronted Rogers.

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Attorney Gregory Kulis talks about a lawsuit filed against the Chicago Police Department over a shooting that killed Ryan Rogers in East Hazel Crest.

Attorney Gregory Kulis held a news conference Wednesday afternoon in East Hazel Crest to talk about the lawsuit. The victim’s mother and the mother of Rogers’ two children were also at the news conference but did not speak to the media. Kulis said that the family had just returned from the funeral home and was grieving.

“Right now, they’re just looking for answers, they’re looking for ‘whys,’” Kulis said.

Kulis also questioned why Chicago police were even in the southern suburbs in the first place.

“Yesterday morning, I noted on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times that the Superintendent of Police said he was going to have more Chicago police officers pounding the pavement in the streets of Chicago. I would like to know what those Chicago police officers were doing out here in East Hazel Crest as opposed to being in Chicago,” Kulis said.

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Chicago Police Department over a shooting East Hazel Crest that killed 27-year-old Ryan Rogers.

Family members of a man shot to death by a Chicago police detective in East Hazel Crest are asking many questions surrounding his death.

Last night, Chicago police detectives were doing surveillance work on the 1900 block of West 171st St in the south suburb.  According to a statement from Chicago Police News Affairs, the officers approached a man and a woman who had just gotten into their vehicle.  Police say that vehicle then sped towards the police. One of the officers opened fire, hitting 27-year-old Ryan Rogers.  Police say he tried to drive away after he was hit, but police stopped the vehicle down the road.

Rogers was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The statement from Police News Affiars reads in part,  “The male offender accelerated the vehicle at a high rate of speed towards an officer, striking the officer’s vehicle.  As a result of this action and in fear of his life, the officer discharged his weapon, striking the male offender.”

Rogers’ family members provided WGN News with photos of the vehicle they say belonged to rogers.  There are no dents or scratches.  The family also wants to know why there are no bullet holes in the front windshield.  The photos show the left side window shot out.

Nicole Nicholson, a relative, said “I want the police to do the right thing too. I want justice for Ryan Rogers’s murder, cause it was a murder”

Rogers had two children, a four year old boy and 1 year old girl.

A Chicago police detective said to be investigating several robberies in the city follows possible leads to East Hazel Crest, and ends up shooting and killing a man.

Officers were conducting surveillance around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 1900 block of West 171st Street when they saw 27 year-old Ryan Rogers and a woman get into a vehicle.

The officers went up to Rogers and the woman. Police say Rogers then drove the car straight at the officers and hit the officers’ vehicle.

One of the detectives shot Rogers, and he was pronounced dead at Ingalls Memorial Hospital.

People in the neighborhood are questioning why Chicago Police officers were in their community, and aren’t buying the claim the officer acted in self-defense.

“He never hit their car, tried to hit their car. Where their car was parked at, and the way that he went, ain’t no way he could have hit that car, even attempted to run the police over,” said Lorenzo Brewer.

Witnesses say the officers weren’t in uniform, and weren’t in a marked car.

The woman wasn’t wounded.

Police questioned and released her.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

A Chicago police officer shot and killed a man who tried to run him down with his car.

It happened in south suburban Hazel Crest just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The detective was conducting surveillance and approached a car on 171st Street after seeing two people get in.

The car sped up, hitting the officer’s vehicle.

Police say the officer opened fire because he feared for his life.

27-year-old Ryan Rogers was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

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