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Police shoot man in Auburn Gresham neighborhood

Updated: October 1, 2013 8:57AM

Chicago Police shot a 22-year-old man who they say pointed a gun at officers after a foot chase Monday night in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

Riley Thomas was in police custody while recovering from a gunshot wound at Holy Cross Hospital early Tuesday, according to his family members, who said they were barred from visiting him.

The South Side shooting occurred about 9: 30 p.m. Monday, after officers responded to a call about a man with a gun in the 1300 block of West 76th Street, Chicago Police said in a statement.

When officers approached the man — who matched a description of the armed man — he broke away from a group gathered on the block, and fled down the street, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.

After running up a driveway, the man pulled a gun from his waistband, pointed it at the officers and was shot in the elbow, he said.

“When a uniformed policeman tells you to stop and drop the gun, all you have to do is stop and drop the gun and you won’t get shot,” Camden said.

No officers were injured, he said.

At the scene of the shooting, the man’s family expressed doubt about the police union spokesman’s narrative of the shooting.

“He’s a good kid, a family man” who attends Olive-Harvey College, said the man’s aunt, Shaquisha Gibson.

“The whole family, including his mother and father, went to the hospital to see him, and the police would tell us nothing,” she said. “This isn’t him. He wouldn’t do this.”

Police said they recovered a semi-automatic handgun from the scene.

Area South detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority were on the scene investigating the shooting.

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