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Monday, September 3, 2012

Cops shoot TECH -9 wielding monkey

Chicago police wounded a man they saw wielding a TEC-9 pistol at the Altgeld Gardens housing complex on the city's Far South Side, authorities said late Sunday.

No officers were injured in the incident, which occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 13100 block of South Langley Avenue, according to police and the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents rank-and-file officers.

Two Calumet District officers were on routine patrol in the area when they spotted a man standing near a fenced area on South Langley and approached him for a street interview, said Pat Camden, an FOP spokesman.

As the officers approached, the man walked away quickly, prompting the officers to split up to cut off the man's retreat, Camden said.

The officers followed the man into a fenced-off area where they saw him "barricade himself" behind a dumpster, appearing to raise and lower a firearm behind it, Camden said.

The officers identified themselves and demanded the man drop his weapon, Camden said.

When the man refused, continuing to raise and lower the weapon, one of the officers fired a shot, Camden said.

The shot hit the man in the foot and the man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with non-serious injuries.

Camden said that police recovered the TEC-9 at the scene, while police in a prepared statement identified it only as an "assault weapon."

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting, police said.

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