A Chicago police officer fatally shot a man early Monday morning following an armed confrontation on the city’s Southwest Side.
According to the Chicago Police Department, officers were responding to a Shot Spotter alert indicating multiple shots had been fired in the 2400 block of South Sawyer Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood at approximately 2:36 a.m. Monday.
They located two men in a nearby alley, and police said a chase began after one of the men attempted to flee, leading to an armed confrontation in an alley on the 2300 block of South Spaulding.
“The officer fired his weapon striking the offender in the chest,” the department said. “A weapon was recovered and the offender was pronounced deceased on scene.”
Officers observed two subjects in a nearby alley, one subject fled on foot which resulted in an armed confrontation. One subject shot and killed. 2nd subject in custody. Gun recovered on scene. COPA investigating. #ChicagoPolice pic.twitter.com/bn7o2deAGS
— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) March 29, 2021
CPD spokesman Tom Ahern shared a picture on social media of a firearm he said was recovered on the scene. A second suspect is in custody and Ahern said the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) is investigating the shooting.
The department said officers involved in the shooting will be placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days.