Armed Teen SHOT by Chicago Police During Traffic Stop in Belmont Central

(Chicago Tribune) A teen believed to be 18 years old was shot by Chicago police early Sunday on the Northwest Side during a traffic stop that led to an armed confrontation, according to Chicago police.

Just before 3:10 a.m., a uniformed officer and sergeant for the Grand Central district stopped a vehicle carrying four people in the 2800 block of North Mulligan Avenue in the Belmont Central neighborhood, said Al Nagode, deputy chief for the Chicago Police Department.

The driver of the car had committed a traffic violation, though police did not detail the traffic infraction.

In a recording of police radio, an officer is heard saying, “Squad, we got four in the car. Get cars over here like now.”

The dispatcher instructs other officers to go to the traffic stop.

“Just go, just go, go, go, go,” the dispatcher tells officers. “Just go. Mulligan and Diversey, t-alley.”

Officers stopped the car in an alley between Mulligan Avenue and Mobile Avenue. While the officers were asking the driver for a license and registration, the officers saw that one of the backseat passengers, the 18-year-old man, had a gun, Nagode said.

“The subject did have a weapon in his hand,” he said. “He was making several statements where he was threatening in nature.”

The officers exchanged words with the man, but the 18-year-old allegedly did not put down the gun, Nagode said.

That led the two officers to open fire, striking the man in the arm and leg, Nagode said.

In the recording of police radio, an officer calls out, “Shots fired, shots fired.” The dispatcher then broadcasts a police emergency. An officer can be heard screaming at someone to get their hands up.

“10-1 police are screaming,” the dispatcher tells officers.

An officer radios that multiple shots have been fired and the person still has a gun. He later radios that the scene has been secured. “The offender with the weapon is down,” an officer is heard saying. “Roll fire.”

The teen was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

The two officers involved in the shooting were taken to an area hospital as a precaution, Nagode said.

A weapon was recovered at the scene, said Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman.

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