Man shot during struggle with police
BY HUNTER CLAUSS and JAMES SCALZITTI Staff Reporters December 15, 2012 12:12PM
Updated: December 15, 2012 11:59PM
An angry crowd began throwing bottles and rocks at police after an officer fatally shot a 23-year-old man Saturday during a search for suspects in a string of truck robberies on the South Side, authorities said.
Jamaal Moore was shot around 11:15 a.m. Saturday at 55th Street and Ashland, where police were searching for a group of people who allegedly broke into multiple trucks and robbed at least one driver at gunpoint, law enforcement officials said.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, citing preliminary reports, said the officer who fatally shot the man may have mistakenly thought a flashlight he had in his pocket was a gun.
A special bulletin was broadcasted on police radios for officers to be on the lookout for a gray sports-utility vehicle believed to be involved in the robberies, authorities said.
An officer in a squad car saw a gray SUV heading east on 55th Street and began chasing it, said Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police union. The driver of the SUV lost control and crashed into a street pole near Ashland and 55th, Camden said, adding that multiple people began running out of the SUV.
An officer stopped one man, who Camden claims fought the officer and “slammed the officer to the ground.”
The Chicago Police Department’s News Affairs office said in a statement that as the two fought, the officer saw what he thought was a firearm.
“In fear for both their lives, the officer fired, striking the offender,” the statement said.
“It’s an on-going investigation,” said Larry Miller, spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority.
Moore, of the 5600 block of South Shields, was quickly taken to Saint Bernard Hospital, where he later died, authorities said.
Two officers were injured and were taken to Mercy Hospital, Camden said, adding they were not shot.
Tension in the neighborhood began to flare up after the shooting. About 1:40 p.m., police received multiple requests for emergency assistance near the scene of the shooting, according to dispatch reports. A crowd of people began throwing debris at officers and several people were arrested, the police statement said. Charges were pending Saturday night.
Contributing: Mitch Dudek