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Authorities: Officer shoots driver who aimed sawed-off shotgun at cop

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Updated: May 30, 2013 3:11PM

Police shot and wounded a man who allegedly pointed a sawed-off shotgun at an officer during a traffic stop in the Humboldt Park neighborhood early Sunday.

Daniel D. Jackson Jr., 31, of the 400 block of North Central Park, was charged with one felony count each of unlawful use of a weapon; aggravated assault of a police officer with a firearm, and possession of a controlled substance, police said. He also was charged with one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of resisting an officer. He was scheduled to appear in bond court on Monday.

The incident began about 4:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of West Franklin, according to Independent Police Review Authority spokesman Larry Merrit .

Officers were responding to a call of shots fired in the area, according to a written statement from Chicago Police. Officers were flagged down by a woman who said a man had pointed a large-caliber gun at her, police said. She pointed to a vehicle traveling north on Central Park.

Officerspulled over the vehicle on Chicago Avenue, according to police and the police union.

Police told the man to raise his hands, but he hunched over and refused to show his hands, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said. When an officer on the passenger side of the car shined a flashlight at the man, he allegedly sat up, revealing a sawed-off shotgun pointed at the officer, Camden said. The officer fired twice in self-defense, but the driver sped away and tossed a weapon out the window, according to Chicago Police . A tire on the vehicle blew out, and police arrested the driver.

He was taken to the Harrison District Police station, where authorities later found out that the officer’s gunfire struck the man in the arm, according to Merrit.

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