Chicago police officers shot and killed a man outside an Irving Park neighborhood bar early Wednesday morning after the man allegedly pointed a firearm at other patrons and police.
Police Superintendent David Brown said the shooting occurred just after 3 a.m. in the 3700 block of North Troy Street. The man who was killed has not yet been identified.
Brown said officers received a report of a man with a gun in a nearby block on Kedzie Avenue after a security guard at a bar heard arguing outside and saw a man point a firearm at people.
Responding officers located a man matching that person’s description fleeing toward an alley on Troy, according to Brown, where there was an “apparent exchange of gunfire” between the man and police.
Only the man was struck, Brown said. He was pronounced dead on scene. The officers — one of whom is a 12-year veteran, while the other is a probationary officer — were taken to a hospital for observations and listed in good condition.
Brown said there is body-worn camera video of the shooting, and there’s likely also surveillance camera video as well.
Police recovered a firearm containing an extended magazine at the scene, according to Brown.
Brown said it appears both officers fired their weapons, and each will be placed on routine administrative duties for at least 30 days. He believed the deceased man also fired his weapon at the officers, though it’s not yet clear how many shots were fired in total.
According to Brown, witnesses have said the man was inside the bar at one point, then was asked to leave, and later returned with a firearm.
“That’s the story we’re hearing from various people,” he said, “but again, we’ve got to corroborate all this information.”
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said it is investigating the shooting. Anyone with information can contact the office at 312-746-3609.