Police shoot and injure ‘despondent’ off-duty firefighter

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Chicago police shot and injured an off duty firefighter this afternoon after a confrontation in a CVS parking lot.

Spokesperson for the Fraternal Order of Police Par Camden told reporters police received a call about a “despondent man” from the man’s wife.  The man had been in contact with his wife and said he “couldn’t take it anymore.”

Police searched for the man and found him sitting in a car at 103rd and Pulaski Rd in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood.

Camden said officers approached the man and asked to see his hands.  The man was one the phone and officers could not see his right hand, according to Camden.

The man “made the sign of the cross” and flung the door open and took a “combat stance” and was holding an object, Camden said.

Police fired and Camden says the man was hit several times.  He says the officers quickly discovered that the black object he pointed at them was his wallet.

Camden says it was clear case of attempted suicide, a so called ‘suicide by cop’

The officer was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery.

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