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Police fatally shoot man who pulls gun on officers

Updated: March 26, 2012 6:37AM

Chicago police shot and killed a theft suspect who allegedly took out a gun while officers were patting him down Sunday in an abandoned Lawndale neighborhood building, police said.

The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. after Ogden District officers responded to a call of “theft in progress” at an unoccupied building in the 1500 block of South Kostner Avenue, according to a police News Affairs statement.

They found the man inside, and were performing a “protective pat-down” when the man allegedly took a handgun out of his waistband, the statement said. The officers and the suspect began to struggle and the officers fired their weapons, fatally shooting the man.

The officers were not hurt and a weapon was recovered at the scene, the statement said.

The unidentified man in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:15 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said the two Ogden District police officers had split up to search opposite sides of the building and found the man with a bag of stolen items.

Officials couldn’t immediately say what the man was allegedly stealing.

Area Central detectives and IPRA are investigating.

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