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Police shoot, kill man in North Lawndale

Updated: June 16, 2013 5:54PM

A Chicago Police officer shot and killed a man early Sunday in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, authorities said.

The shooting happened in the 1700 block of South Springfield Avenue about 2:30 a.m., according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department.

Officers were attempting to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation when a male passenger got out of the car with a weapon in his waistband and fled the scene, according to police.

The officers pursued the man into an alley where they saw him slip and fall to the ground, according to police.

The officers got out of their vehicle and approached the man, who looked at the officers and grabbed the weapon while trying to stand up, the statement said. One of the officers discharged his weapon and fatally wounded the man.

Antwoyn Johnson, age 21, of the 4700 block of SouthWabash in Chicago, died at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said before trying to pull the car over, the officers saw the car stop at a “known drug location” and a man spend a few minutes there.

No officers were injured and a weapon was recovered from the scene, police said.

The Independent Police Review Authority and Area Central Chicago Police detectives are investigating.

Cook County court records show Johnson has three drug convictions.

Contributing: Sam Charles, Mitch Dudek

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