Chicago officer shoots armed teen on South Side, police say

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CHICAGO -- A 14-year-old boy was shot by police on the city's South Side.

Police responded to a call of 'shots fired' on 89th and Escanaba at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

According to a police statement, officers entered the area and saw two males on bicycles who matched the description of the offenders.

Officers saw an object protruding from the teen's pocket and exited their vehicle to investigate, but he ran off.

Police say they chased him and saw he was holding a weapon.

According to police, the teen ignored commands to drop it and turned toward the officers with the gun before an officer shot him.

Police shot him in the leg.

The teenager is being treated at Comer Children's Hospital for gunshot wounds to both legs.

His family says they do not know what to make of this and say he has never gotten into trouble until now.

The 14-year-old was with his 19-year-old brother. Police took him into custody, but he has been released.

Police also took another brother, 18, into custody.  He showed up at the scene of the shooting and is charged with assaulting a police officer.

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