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2 killed, 3 wounded in Chicago Police-involved shootings

This was scene police-involved shooting Saturday South  Sangamthlet one persdead after being shot by officers. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

This was the scene of a police-involved shooting Saturday on South Sangamon that let one person dead after being shot by officers. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

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Updated: July 6, 2014 9:42AM

Two people were killed in less than 24 hours and another three were wounded in police-involved shootings since Friday morning.

The most recent fatal shooting occurred Saturday evening in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

Officers shot a man, thought to be in his 20s, about 7 p.m. in the 8700 block of South Sangamon Street, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Pat Camden, spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

Officers initially responded to a call of shots fired in the 8500 block of South Morgan Street, Camden said. The suspect eluded police, but was found about 20 minutes later under a junked car parked in the backyard of a home in the 8700 block of South Sangamon, Camden said.

Police told the man to come out, but he raised a .387-caliber semiautomatic pistol and was shot by police. Officers told the man again to lower his weapon, but the man raised his gun a second time, Camden said, and police opened fire again.

No officers were injured in the shooting and a weapon was recovered at the scene, Camden said.

On Friday night, a male was shot and killed by police in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The male -- whom the medical examiner’s office said was between 16 and 29 years old -- was shot to death by a Chicago Police officer about 9:55 p.m. at Berenice and Cicero avenues, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:07 p.m., authorities said.

Officers on patrol in that area observed the male walking and “holding something under his arm, looking suspicious,” Camden said. When officers attempted to approach him, he ran away and an officer chased him, police said. Then, the suspect turned and pointed a large revolver at the officer, who fired a shot, Camden said.

No officers were injured and a .44 Magnum with an 8-inch barrel was recovered at the scene, Camden said.

The most recent non-fatal police-involved shooting occurred Saturday night in the West Englewood neighborhood.

Officers on patrol about 9 p.m. in the 7000 block of South Hermitage Avenue saw a group of males standing on a front porch drinking alcohol, police said. When officers approached the group, a male -- whose age was not immediately known -- ran away, police said. Officers then chased him and during the chase, the male turned and pointed a weapon at an officer, police said. The officer fired at the male, striking him, police said.

He suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in good condition, said Fire Media Affairs spokesman Larry Langford.

About 11:25 a.m. Friday, a 45-year-old man who told officers he had a gun was shot in the 1500 block of West Birchwood Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood, police said. He was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston.

Earlier, about 4:15 a.m. Friday, a Chicago Police officer shot a 23-year-old man who opened fire on officers during a foot chase in the 7400 block of South Vincennes Avenue in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition. No officers were injured and a weapon was recovered at the scene, Camden said.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating each of the shootings, spokesman Larry Merritt said.

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