Police shoot and kill armed man in Lawndale neighborhood

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Chicago Police shot a man on the South Side after, they say, he raised a handgun at officers.

The officers had chased him from a car that refused to stop early Sunday morning, according to Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Patrick Camden.

Camden says the man stumbled into an alley west of Springfield Avenue and north of 18th Street after police tried to stop a car he was in, Camden said.

Officers chasing the man say they saw he had a weapon as soon as he jumped out of the car. Police and Camden said the man raised a 9-millimeter handgun with one hand as he tried to get up with the other and police officers opened fire.

The man, described in his 20s, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman at the scene, Stacy Liberty, told a WGN TV news crew that police shot her son in the back and that they would not let her near the scene for hours, while they finished their investigation.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.

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4 comments

  • Jim

    He ran because he had a warrant for his arrest or no valid drivers licence. But that doesn't give police the right to shoot a man in the back without a weapon. This isn't a justified action. Police need to use better judgement because a multimillion dollar tax payer lawsuit will be awarded to the family because no weapon was found. Police don't care about their actions when they are spending tax money on lawsuits .

  • Alabam

    Let's use common sense here! If the police say "stop", you stop! If you point a gun at the police, you get shot! Where did you get the idea he was shot in the back? He was shot while aiming a gun at a police officer! Phil has it right….it's all about money and lack of responsibility.

  • Alabam

    Oh, sorry. Reread the article. Mama says he was shot in the back. Ask mama why she never taught her son never to point a gun at anybody, let alone a police office. Yes, they do close the crime scene off for hours so a complete investigation can be done of the incident.

  • mbarney

    The story that wrote "Chicago police shot a man on the South side" when the inicident is on the West side of the neighborhood. Get you story straight, people!

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