Man Shot and Killed by Chicago Police in Bronzeville

(Tribune) Chicago police officer shot and killed a man in Bronzeville Wednesday night after he refused to stop running away and pulled a gun, authorities said.

“An armed encounter between the offender and police ensued,” the police department said in a statement. “An officer discharged his weapon fatally striking the offender.”

The department released no other details, including whether there was an exchange of gunfire and how many shots were fired. It said a weapon was recovered at the scene in the 4700 block of South Prairie Avenue.

The shooting around 8:10 p.m. sparked tense confrontations between police and neighbors on the block and between police and family at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Maurice Granton Jr., 24, was pronounced dead.

His family said they doubted the police version of how the father of two young daughters was killed.

“Since when does running validate somebody getting shot?” said Granton’s sister, Joanna Varnado. “I don’t understand that. You’re not being offensive, you’re being defensive.”

She didn’t believe the gun police said they found was his.

“I just want to know what the real story is,” Varnado said. “If it was misconduct, I want justice. My brother was 24 years old. He loved his girls. That’s all he lived for, was his kids.”

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