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Police shoot, kill man in Albany Park neighborhood

Updated: March 16, 2013 6:35AM

Chicago Police shot and killed a man who started shooting at officers after he crashed into several parked cars early Saturday in the Northwest Side Albany Park neighborhood.

The shooting happened about 2:55 a.m. in the 3300 block of West Wilson Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

The man, in his 30s, was shot multiple times and was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. His identity was not being released early Saturday.

Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said the man was speeding down Wilson Avenue, and stopped after crashing into several parked cars.

When two police officers approached the sedan, the driver started shooting at the officers, who dove for cover and returned fire, Camden said. The man was fatally shot in the exchange of gunfire.

Both officers suffered minor injuries -- mostly bruises and contusions -- but were not shot, Camden said. They are both being treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

This is the second fatal police-involved shooting in three days involving Chicago Police.

John Harris died in a West Side apartment above Three Brothers Food Mart at 2:45 a.m. Thursday -- about 30 minutes after being shot by police responding to a domestic disturbance involving a “man with a gun,” authorities said.

When officers entered the apartment in the 200 block of North Homan Avenue, Harris allegedly exited the bathroom and pointed the gun at them, authorities said.

When Harris did not drop the weapon as instructed, police fired, Camden said previously. None of the officers involved in that incident were injured, and police recovered two weapons from the apartment.

Area detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority, which examines all police-involved shootings, are investigating both deaths.

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