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Man fatally shot by police on Southeast Side

Updated: December 28, 2011 8:16AM

Police responding to a domestic incident on the Southeast Side early Wednesday shot and killed a man who allegedly lunged at them with a knife.

The fatal police-involved shooting happened about 1:40 a.m. in the 9500 block of South Avenue L, according to Scott Ando of the Independent Police Review Authority.

Officers were responding to a domestic disturbance in a third-floor apartment and saw a man armed with a knife as they walked in, according to a statement from police News Affairs. The officers announced that they were police and ordered him to drop the knife. He then lunged at them and the officers fired at him, the statement said.

The man was fatally wounded, the statement said. The officers were not injured, and the knife was recovered at the scene.

Karaka Walls, 24, of the 9500 block of South Avenue L, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Calumet Area detectives and IPRA are investigating.

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