September 20, 2014
Chicago Police shot and injured two men — including one who claimed to have a gun and another who allegedly pointed a weapon at officers — in separate incidents Friday, authorities said.
The most recent shooting happened about 11:30 a.m. on the Far North Side.
Officers walked up to the 45-year-old man as he was drinking beer near the intersection of North Greenview Avenue and Howard Street, part of the city’s Rogers Park neighborhood, according to Pat Camden, a spokesman for the police union.
The man ran south on Greenview to Birchwood, where he led officers into an apartment building courtyard, Camden said.
Witnesses heard the man yell at officers: “I’ve got a gun. You better shoot me or I’ll kill you,” according to Camden.
The man reached into his waistband and at least two officers opened fire, striking him at least once, Camden said.
He was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Langford said.
The 45-year-old was not carrying a weapon, and thanked officers as he was carted into an ambulance, Camden said.
Police declined to comment Friday afternoon.
Earlier Friday, police shot a 23-year-old man who opened fire on officers during a foot chase in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood about 4:15 a.m., authorities said.
In that case, officers received a call of a person with a gun near the 7400 block of South Vincennes Avenue, according to a statement from Chicago Police.
When officers walked up to a 23-year-old man at the mouth of an alley in the block, he ran away and pointed a gun at officers as they gave chase, Camden said.
The 23-year-old turned a corner and shot at an officer, who returned fire and struck the man in the chest and arm, Camden said. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition, Camden said.
No officers were injured and a weapon was recovered at the scene, Camden said.
As is standard procedure in police-involved shootings, the Independent Police Review Authority is investigating both shootings.