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1 Man Dead, 3 Police Injured In Homan Square Shootout

By Mae Rice in News on Mar 15, 2016 3:12PM

Crime scene tape (Photo by LukaTDB via Shutterstock)

A police officer fatally shot a man Monday night during a foot chase in the Homan Square neighborhood. The officer was returning fire after the man shot and non-fatally injured three of the officers pursuing him, according to a police statement, and a weapon was recovered at the scene.

The incident began in the 3700 block of W. Polk St. at 9:40 p.m., where police—in the area for a drug investigation—spotted two “suspicious individuals,” according to the police statement.

When officers approached on foot to talk to the duo, one man fled. Police chased him through a courtyard, exchanging gunfire with him; after the chase and the fatal shooting, three officers were taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment for their non-fatal wounds, according to the police statement.

"Every day the dedicated men and women of the Chicago Police Department put themselves in danger so the rest of us can be safe,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in an emailed statement. “Tonight we were reminded of the dangers that our police face, and the bravery that they routinely display as three of our officers were shot in line of duty.”

The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) is currently investigating the case, according to the police statement. The officers involved have been placed on routine administrative duty for 30 days, per the department’s new policy for police-involved shootings.