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Off-duty officer fatally shoots burglary suspect in Lincoln Park

An off-duty Chicago Police officer shot killed suspected burglar late Saturday an alley Lincoln Park neighborhood. The police officer was

An off-duty Chicago Police officer shot and killed a suspected burglar late Saturday in an alley in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The police officer was on his way home about 11:40 p.m. Saturday when he noticed the man with a flashlight on this second-floor rear deck of a two-flat building in the 1900 block of North Lincoln Avenue, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said. | Mitch Dudek~Sun-Times

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Updated: October 3, 2013 6:21AM



An off-duty Chicago Police officer shot and killed a suspected burglar late Saturday in an alley in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The police officer, on the job for four years, lives in the area just west of the Lincoln Park Zoo. He was on his way home about 11:40 p.m. Saturday when he noticed the man with a flashlight on the second-floor rear deck of a two-flat building in the 1900 block of North Lincoln Avenue, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said. The vacant building was being rehabbed.

“The officer said, ‘Hey, what are you doing up there?’ and the guy says, ‘You don’t want to mess with me.’ And the officer said, ‘Yeah, I do, I’m the police,” according to Camden.

The officer showed the man his police star, told him to come down to the alley and called 911 twice to report a burglary in progress, Camden said.

“The man comes down to the alley, with his left hand on a backpack over his shoulder and his right hand in the waist of his pants, and the officer, weapon drawn, is saying, ‘Show me your hands,’ ” Camden said.

A neighbor also yelled at the man to show the police officer his hands, but the man kept walking away and turned down a dark gangway, Camden said.

He emerged from the gangway and told the officer, “I’m going to f - - - - - - kill you,” and began to pull his hand out of his waistband, “forcing the officer to fire and hit the man in the chest,” Camden said.

A statement issued by the police department also said the man — after refusing to show the officer his hands — pulled a “shiny object” from his waistband and came at the officer. A police spokesman could not clarify what the object was Sunday afternoon.

Camden said no weapon was found at the scene, but he said the officer had acted properly.

“Put yourself in that situation. Do you wait to see a weapon or move to protect yourself after someone just says they’re going to kill you?” Camden said.

The man, who was in his 20s, remained unidentified Sunday evening, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Camden said the man had three cellphones and a number of large wristwatches in his possession.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.

DePaul University student Cooper Toombs, 20, who lives in a neighboring building, said he was shocked by the shooting.

“This neighborhood is safe,” he said. “This is crazy.”

Another neighbor said he was out walking his dog when police officers carrying assault rifles ran past him toward the alley.



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