A 29-year-old man who Chicago police say ran from cops during a Monday night traffic stop and fired a gun at pursuing officers remained in the hospital Tuesday morning after he was shot by police who returned gunfire, the department said.
According to a statement from Chicago police Superintendent David Brown, what turned into an officer-involved shooting began as a traffic stop in the 3800 block of West Polk Street in the West Side neighborhood of Homan Square just before 10 p.m. There were three men in the vehicle that was stopped, he said.
Authorities said that “during the stop, the front-seat passenger exited the car and fled on foot,” and officers from the tactical team that made the stop “gave chase before being fired upon by the fleeing passenger,” Brown’s statement said. The reason for the initial traffic stop wasn’t immediately clear.
As they ran and were shot at, the officers “returned fire,” striking the 29-year-old man. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital; police did not provide his condition. Police did not say how many officers fired their weapons.
No officers were shot.
Brown said that as the man ran he “discarded three handguns during the foot pursuit that have since been recovered.”
The other two men in the vehicle, the driver and a rear-seat passenger, also ran from the car. They had not been located as of Tuesday morning.
Two officers also were sent to an area hospital “for observation” and had been listed in good condition. It wasn’t immediately clear what kinds of injuries they suffered or whether they had been released Tuesday morning.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA, will independently investigate the shooting. The officer or officers who fired his or her service weapon will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days, as is routine.
Police did not immediately respond to a request for additional information Tuesday morning.
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