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Cops shoot 3 burglary suspects -- one fatally -- in dramatic getaway attempt

Police block street 24th Western Ave. where three men were shot -- one fatally -- early Monday after men drove

Police block the street at 24th and Western Ave. where three men were shot -- one fatally -- early Monday after the men drove toward police while trying to make a getaway from a burglary on the Southwest Side. | John H. White~Sun-Times

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Updated: April 30, 2012 9:43PM



Three men were shot -- one fatally -- early Monday after the men drove toward police while trying to make a getaway from a burglary on the Southwest Side.

It happened about 2:50 p.m. in the 2400 block of South Western Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said, citing preliminary information.

One person was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and another was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Kevin MacGregor said. He said both were trauma patients.

Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said officers in several squad cars responded to a call of a burglary in the 2400 block of South Western Avenue about 2:30 a.m. and saw men inside the building. Officers knocked on the glass and told them they were surrounded and to come out with their hands up.

The three men instead got in the owner’s car and began ramming a garage door to get out onto 25th Street, Camden said. They broke through the door, hit an officer and a squad car and were driving toward several other squad cars when police opened fire.

Two men were wounded and taken to area hospitals and one man was dead on the scene, Camden said. The officer hit by the car was treated and released at Mount Sinai Hospital.

“They had the opportunity to give up and they decided they wanted to be like they were in the movies and bust through a garage door and get away,” he said.

“Proceeds” from the burglary were also found in the car, Camden said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but did not immediately have additional details.

An Independent Police Review Authority spokeswoman said IPRA was investigating a police-involved shooting, but could not provide further information early Monday.



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