Armed Man Shot, Killed by Chicago Cops in West Garfield Park Alley

(Sun Times Wire) A man was shot to death by Chicago Police officers Tuesday evening in an alley in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, police said.

About 8 p.m., two officers responding to a call of a person with a gun in the 4700 block of West Fulton saw the man run toward the intersection of Wayman Street and Cicero Avenue and gave chase, according to Chicago Police.

The man jumped a fence and got into an “armed confrontation” with the officers, who then fired at least six shots, police said.

He was struck by the gunfire and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability was investigating the shooting, according to a statement released Tuesday evening. They will be reviewing body camera footage, interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence, said COPA.

Per department policy, the officers will be placed on 30-day administrative leave, police said.

With a steady cacophony of fireworks in the background, family members pulled up to the scene complaining that police would not tell them where the wounded man was hospitalized.

A friend of the man who was shot said he was a 33-year-old father of four who had “turned his life around” in recent years, working for about three years at a Salvation Army facility on the Near North Side.

The friend, who asked not to be named, said she had gone to high school with the man in Lincoln Park, and that they regularly got together with fellow classmates in West Garfield Park near the shooting scene.

Less than a day earlier, a Chicago police officer shot and seriously wounded an underage boy who pointed a gun at him in the South Shore neighborhood.

The officer was sitting in his marked police vehicle about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 2300 block of East 79th Street when the boy walked up and pointed a handgun at him, according to CPD spokesman Al Stinites, who said the officer then fired.

The boy was taken to a hospital in serious condition, Stinites said. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

On Tuesday, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the boy has a criminal history.

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