Police: Man killed during traffic stop in Harvey during struggle over gun

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HARVEY, Ill. — A mangled bus shelter and shattered glass mark the spot where a man was killed in a confrontation with state troopers during a traffic stop in Harvey early Wednesday morning.

Illinois State Police say a trooper pulled over a black SUV near the corner of 147th Street and Halsted Street around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday for not using their headlights. 

While police said a 21-year-old Harvey women was behind the wheel when the SUV was pulled over, at some point during the stop they say 30-year-old Darren Green, Jr. tried to jump into the driver’s seat.

According to police, a trooper noticed a firearm in Green’s waistband and at some point struggled with him over the weapon. The gun went off during the struggle, police said, fatally striking Green.

Another trooper who was assisting with the stop was injured as the SUV rolled forward, crashed into a bus shelter and hit him. 

The ISP said a 29-year-old woman and 8-year-old girl were also inside the SUV at the time of the shooting.

State police say the trooper never fired his weapon, and both troopers involved were transported to the hospital where they were treated and released.

An investigation is underway.

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