Police fatally shoot man on Far North Side
March 21, 2007 -- Chicago Police fatally shot a man who allegedly pulled out a handgun during a struggle with officers Wednesday evening outside a grocery store in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.
Two Rogers Park District officers were driving in a marked squad car when they saw a man in his 20s standing against a wall of a grocery store on the southwest corner of Devon and Francisco avenues, according to police News Affairs Deputy Director Pat Camden. The man, who was on a cell phone, saw the officers and pulled down his shirt over his waistband, he said.
The officers believed the man appeared suspicious so they pulled over the car, exited and approached the man, but he went inside the grocery store, Camden said. The uniformed officers followed and attempted to question him, but "he keeps trying to passively resist," Camden said.
One of the officers grabbed the man's arm and brought him outside of the grocery store. The man struggled with the officer, tearing the sleeve off of the officer's uniform, according to Camden. The man broke free and attempted to flee, but the other officer grabbed him in a "bear hug," he said.
The man then pulled a 45-caliber Glock from his waistband and the other officer yelled that the suspect was armed, Camden said. The officer who had the man in a bear hug let go.
The man then raised the gun up toward the eye-level of the officers and, "in fear for their lives," the officers fired at him, striking him multiple times, Camden said. The man was killed, he said.
The unidentified man was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m. on the scene at 6359 N. Francisco Ave., according to a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
The shooting occurred about 5:30 p.m. at 2906 W. Devon Ave., according to police News Affairs Officer Tom Polick.
Camden said the man's handgun was recovered at the scene.
Police and the Office of Professional Standards are investigating the shooting, he said.
Sun-Times News Group Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2006
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