Man Shot By Police in Pilsen Dies After Shots Fired at Officers

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Chicago police officers shot and killed a man in the Pilsen neighborhood late Monday night, authorities said.

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The man, who has not yet been identified, died at Stroger Hospital after being shot by at least one officer who opened fire after their police cruiser was shot at by a group of five people standing on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of West 19th Street, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the shooting, a spokesperson for the agency said. The officers involved will be assigned to administrative duties for the next 30 days, in keeping with departmental rules, officials said.

The incident, which occurred at 10:45 p.m. Monday, began when gunshots struck a department vehicle that was driving along 19th Street, officials said. Neither officer in the car was injured, officials said.

At least one of the two officers in the car returned fire, killing the man, officials said. It was not clear whether both officers opened fire from statements issued by COPA and the police department.

Two people were arrested in connection with the incident, while two others fled and have yet to be arrested, according to a statement from the police. A gun was recovered on the scene, according to COPA.

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown said Monday that more than 50 officers have been fired upon so far this year, 10 of whom have been struck by gunfire.

A Chicago teen is facing seven attempted murder charges after he allegedly exchanged gunfire with a pair of Chicago police officers, who were both wounded, during a traffic stop early Sunday morning in the Homan Square neighborhood.

Contact Heather Cherone: @HeatherCherone | (773) 569-1863 | [email protected]


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