Monday, January 7, 2013
Man suspected of carjacking shot after pointing object at police
The man was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital following the shooting about 1:45 p.m. near 75th Street and Jeffery Boulevard, said Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 spokesman Patrick Camden.
Police and a spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority confirmed a police-involved shooting took place about that time. No police officers were injured in the incident, an IPRA spokesman said.
Two South Chicago District tactical officers saw a grey Dodge Charger with Wisconsin plates heading west on 75 th Street a little before 1:45 p.m. and checked to see if the car was wanted in any crimes, Camden said. The driver appeared to be the only person in the car, and when the search turned up nothing, the officers let the car proceed in traffic without stopping it, Camden said.
Less than a minute later, however, a police radio broadcast alerted the officers to the Charger having been stolen not long before in an armed carjacking, Camden said.
The officers realized “that’s the car!” and sped on to where the Charger was stopped in traffic, with vehicles in front and behind, Camden said. The officers got out of the car, one on each side, and told the driver they were police.
The driver raised his left hand, but appeared to be reaching for something in the passenger seat, then jumped out and ran, Camden said.
The officers chased the man, who had a black object in his hand, until he turned toward them and appeared to be pointing the object at the officers, Camden said. One of the officers then shot him.
It was not immediately known what the object was, Camden said.
The man was taken to Northwestern in critical condition, Camden said.