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Man found shot near abandoned car on West Side after officer-involved shooting

Updated: April 29, 2013 3:42AM

After a police chase Sunday night, authorities were searching for three men who abandoned their car — leaving behind a friend who was shot in the neck during a run-in with an off-duty Chicago cop.

The pursuit started after the off-duty officer saw several men in a car shooting at another group near Jackson and Leavitt in the Near West Side neighborhood about 10:15 p.m., authorities said.

One person, who was not the gunmen’s intended target, already lay on the ground wounded. That person was taken to a hospital and was in good condition, authorities said.

“Obviously (the officer) is not going to confront . . . armed gunmen by himself,” said Pat Camden, a Fraternal Order of Police spokesman who regularly speaks on behalf of officers involved in shootings.

Instead, he trailed the group of four men as they drove away while trying to contact police in the area, authorities said.

Meanwhile, two blocks away, an Illinois State Trooper was conducting a traffic stop near Van Buren and Oakley, Camden said.

When the gunmen’s car came to a stoplight near the state trooper’s cruiser, the off-duty officer got out of his car and confronted the men, authorities said.

Two men in the back seat held .45 caliber handguns, Camden said. One of the men raised his gun toward the officer prompting him fire his own weapon, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Office of News Affairs.

The officer shot one of the gunmen in the neck. The trooper chased their car as it sped away, Camden said.

The men abandoned the car about a mile away in the 300 block of South Maplewood, leaving their injured friend behind. He was found in a nearby alleyway and taken into custody, according the statement from Chicago Police. A handgun was recovered in the car, police said.

The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates all police-involved shootings, is reviewing the shooting, agency spokesman Larry Merritt said.

The Illinois State Police could not confirm the trooper’s involvement in the incident and referred all further questions to Chicago Police.

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