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Cop jumps in fleeing vehicle, shoots man as 3 kids watch from back seat


Updated: February 7, 2013 6:46AM

A man who was pulled over in a traffic stop early Saturday on the Far South Side jumped back in his car and tried to speed off, but a police officer jumped in the vehicle and shot the man after he pulled a gun, according to the police and a police union spokesman, as three young children sat in the back seat.

The driver, Jawaun Anders, 26, of Chicago Lawn, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated assault to a police officer in connection with the incident in the 9400 block of South South Chicago Avenue, according to police News Affairs. At a hearing Sunday morning he was ordered held without bail.

Police say that about 1 a.m. officers pulled over the late-model Jaguar in the Calumet Heights neighborhood.

Two men — the driver and a passenger — were ordered out of the car for a pat-down search by the two-man police team, said Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police.

Suddenly, the driver jumped back in the car, attempting to flee. An officer on the passenger side dove in an open door to stop him, Camden said.

In the struggle that followed, the man tried to pull a gun from his waistband before the officer drew his own gun and shot him, according to a statement from police News Affairs. The driver then lost control of the car and crashed into a curb, Camden said.

“The car (crashes) up over a curb and the really surprising thing is after the smoke clears the officer realizes there’s three young kids in the back of the car,” Camden said.

The driver’s relationship with the children could not be immediately determined by police, but an aunt of the children showed up at the scene to take custody of the kids, Camden said.

Both officers, who were bruised up in the scuffle, as well as the driver were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment, Camden said.

Anders, of the 6900 block of South Artesian Avenue, was also cited for disobeying a red light.

A representative for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services did not return messages seeking comment on whether the children were placed in protective custody.

The Independent Police Review Authority, which reviews all officer-involved shootings, is conducting an investigation.

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