Man charged in police-involved shooting on Northwest Side

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A 44-year-old man was charged this afternoon in connection with a police-involved shooting that left him seriously wounded Friday on the Northwest Side.

Angel Torres of the 2900 block of North Narragansett Avenue was charged with residential burglary, aggravated assault and armed violence, police said. He was ordered held with no bail in bond court today and his next court date was set for Tuesday, Sept. 24.

A motorist, later identified as Torres, was behind the wheel of a vehicle sought in a burglary. He was shot by a Chicago police sergeant when he accelerated toward the sergeant after ramming a squad car Friday afternoon, police said.

The Independent Police Review Authority was notified around 6 p.m. of a shooting that happened about 5:20 p.m. involving a police officer firing upon someone near Lavergne Avenue and Roscoe Street in the Cragin neighborhood, a spokesman for the office said. No officers were injured.

Torres was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center following the shooting, according to the Chicago Fire Department’s news office.

About 5:30 p.m., Grand Central District officers monitored a description over the radio of a vehicle wanted in connection with a burglary in the 6100 block of West Belmont Avenue, and when a sergeant spotted a vehicle fitting the description of a suspect, a pursuit began, according to the statement.

That sergeant, joined by another sergeant, tried to pull the vehicle over in the 5600 block of West Roscoe Street and when the sergeant exited his vehicle, the suspect put the vehicle in reverse and intentionally rammed the assisting sergeant’s squad car in an attempt to flee, the statement said.

As the sergeant on foot approached the vehicle, the suspect accelerated forward toward the sergeant twice, the statement said. As a result of this action, and in fear of his life, the sergeant discharged his weapon and struck the driver, who was subsequently placed into custody and transported to an area hospital for his injuries. No other injuries were reported, the statement said.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority.

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