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Police shoot alleged reckless driver in Wicker Park

A vehicle Wicker Park sidewalk after driver was shot by police when he crashed inseveral parked cars started driving toward

A vehicle on a Wicker Park sidewalk after a driver was shot by police when he crashed into several parked cars and started driving toward a crowd of people. / photo from NVP News Video

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Updated: June 11, 2014 4:51AM

A Chicago Police officer shot a driver who allegedly crashed his car into several vehicles in Wicker Park Tuesday night before accelerating toward officers.

About 11:45 p.m. Shakepeare District officers pulled over a vehicle that had struck several parked cars in the 1500 block of North Hoyne Avenue, according to a police statement.

When the officers walked up to the vehicle, the man driving put the car in reverse and accelerated, hitting a sign and several mailboxes, police said.

The driver then accelerated toward the officers, and “in fear of their lives,” one officer shot him, police said.

The man, thought to be in his 20s, was struck once in the leg and taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in good condition, according to Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden.

Police had tried to subdue him with pepper spray but he covered his face with his shirt and refused to get out of the vehicle, Camden said.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating.

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