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Police Kill Man In Shoot-Out

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Aug 6, 2008 2:03PM

Chicago Police shot and killed an unnamed man late last night in a shoot-out in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the city's South Side. The incident began around 10:30 p.m. last night when police approached what they deemed to be a suspicious man at the intersection of West 79th and South Justine Streets. The man opened fire on the officers, striking one in the shoe, and then took cover in a gangway outside of a building in the 7900 block of South Bishop Street. SWAT team members and a police helicopter were called for additional help. The gunman then opened fire once again, firing at both the helicopter and the SWAT team, striking one member in his protective vest. SWAT team members and police returned fire, fatally wounding the man. Neither the officer nor the SWAT team member were injured in the shooting. The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates incidents where police shoot suspects was on the scene. Spokesman Mark Payne offered only, “I know there were shots fired by police.’’

It was the second time Tuesday that SWAT team members had been called in response to a suspect barricading himself. Earlier in the day, they had surrounded a home in the Chatham neighborhood when a man, allegedly a former Chicago Police officer, barricaded himself in his garage. That incident lasted until shortly after 7 p.m. last night but no additional details were given.