CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer responding to a domestic altercation call fatally shot a man in an apartment on the city’s South Side on Monday morning, authorities said.
Police said officers responded to a domestic disturbance around 7:25 a.m. on the 7700 block of S. Carpenter in the Gresham neighborhood. At the scene, officers ascended to the second-floor apartment where police then observed a domestic altercation between a man and a woman.
Police sources said the woman was threatening the man, 61, with a knife. When police arrived to the residence, a shooting occurred. Police said a responding officer discharged his weapon, striking the man inside the apartment.
The officer performed CPR on the man, according to authorities. Chicago Police Department spokesman Tom Ahern said the man shot by police had died.
Authorities said a knife was recovered at the scene, but declined to say whether the man was holding the knife at the time he was shot.
The woman’s brother believes his brother-in-law got the knife away from his sister this morning before police got into the apartment and officers possibly saw him as the threat.
Court records, obtained by WGN Investigates, show the woman was charged in 2016 with attempted murder, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, stemming from an incident that occurred in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood on the Far South Side.
Family said the couple’s 7-year-old son called 911 for help.
According to officials, the officer was not injured and a woman inside the apartment was taken to a nearby hospital for observation.
As is routine in officer-involved shootings, the officer who fired his weapon was placed on 30-day administrative duty.
According to officials, the investigation is ongoing.