Chicago Police Shoot and Kill Suspected Car Thief in South Shore

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A person believed to be a male teenager was shot to death by police in a confrontation Thursday night in the South Shore neighborhood, authorities said.

One person was wounded after officers fired near 7400 S. Merrill Ave., said Mia Sissac, a spokeswoman for the Independent Police Review Authority. At least one officer also was injured, but not believed shot.

The incident took place about 7:40 p.m.

The shooting took place after police tried to curb a vehicle that had been stolen from Bolingbrook and seen in several parts of the city during the day Thursday, police said.

Grand Crossing District officers spotted the car and tried to stop it, but the driver of the stolen car tried to get away from police, sideswiping a police vehicle and a parked car, police said. It was after the crash that officers discharged their weapons, hitting the person.

Several people at the scene said the person shot was in his mid-teens. Police were not immediately able to confirm the age or identity of the person. Chicago police do not release names of people killed in the city, leaving that to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rico Bulter, 24, said he saw a police vehicle chasing and an officer or officers shooting at a car near the corner of 73rd Street and Merrill. Bulter said he saw two police officers barricade the driver’s car, and said police fired seven shots at the driver’s car.

“After the last shot, (the driver) hopped out and ran down the alley,” Bulter said. “Soon as he disappeared, they fired five more shots. Then it was over with.”

Police repeatedly instructed the driver to “stop running, stop running” before they fired the last shots, Bulter said. Bulter said he could “see clear as day” that the driver carried no guns or weapons while he ran from police. Continue Reading

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