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Man shot, Tased by police on N.W. Side

Updated: August 9, 2014 5:13PM

A man was seriously injured Friday evening when he was shot and Tased by Chicago Police officers on the Northwest Side, officials said.

The shooting happened about 5:15 p.m. in the 2800 block of North Harding, police said in a statement.

Officers responding to a call of a car blocking the alley found the 24-year-old man sitting in the vehicle smoking something, believed to be a narcotic, according to police.

The man was ignoring the person who called the police, and also ignored the officers when they arrived, despite their repeated knocks on the vehicle’s windows, said Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden.

An officer broke the vehicle’s back window to get the man out, but the man put the car in gear. He sideswiped the caller’s vehicle and a squad car before speeding off down the alley, Camden said.

Police chased the vehicle and eventually blocked it in another alley in the 2800 block of North Pulaski, Camden said. Police tried to approach the man again, but he put his vehicle in reverse and then accelerated it toward an officer, police said.

Officers then shot at the vehicle and struck the man, police said.

“When you’re trying to run someone over, the car is a weapon,” Camden said.

After the driver was shot, police were able to get him out of the car, but he then starting fighting the officers, Camden said.

The officers tased the man several times before they were able to take him into custody, Camden said.

He was then taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious-to-critical condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva said.

No officers were injured, police said. The Independent Police Review authority is investigating.

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