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Man suspected of shooting 2 on South Side shot by police

Police shot a man suspected of killing one person and wounding another in a shooting Sunday afternoon in the South Deering neighborhood on the South Side, according to a police union spokesman.

The suspect allegedly shot two people at 98th Street and South Merrill Avenue about 1 p.m., said Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden. One of the people shot later died from his injuries, Camden said.

A spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the death but declined to provide further information as officials notify his family.

Shortly after the shooting, a description of the suspect was broadcast over police radio, Camden said. A tactical unit from the South Chicago district was traveling to the scene of the shooting through an alley and saw a man who matched the description, Camden said.

Officers tried taking the man into custody but the man resisted and pulled out a gun, Camden said. A gunfight erupted in the alley, Camden said, and the suspect was shot.

Wounded, the suspect began running but officers were able to take him into custody near 91st Street and Chappell Avenue, Camden said.

No officers were injured, Camden said, and investigators recovered a weapon.

Officials with the city’s Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police-involved shootings, were collecting details, said agency spokesman Larry Merritt.

But it was not completely clear whether police shot the man or if he was wounded in the shooting on 98th and Merrill, Merritt said.

“At this time, we’re presuming that he was struck by police,” Merritt said, adding that forensic tests will be conducted to determine who shot the man.

The suspect, believed to be in his mid-30s, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Camden said, and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti said a formal statement on the shooting would be released later Sunday.

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