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Police: Officer shoots drug suspect who tried to run over police

Updated: February 16, 2013 4:58PM

A drug suspect who allegedly almost ran over a Chicago Police officer as he was attempting to flee from police in a West Side alley was wounded when an officer, hanging onto the hood of the van, shot him as he tried to get away Saturday morning.

About 11:30 a.m., Chicago Police Department tactical unit officers saw the man conduct “a hand-to-hand narcotics” transaction near the 3900 block of W. Chicago, police said.

The officers pulled up to the man and wanted to talk to him, but the man took off running into an alley before he jumped into a van, authorities said.

The man then allegedly veered his van in the directions of the officers, who had exited their tactical car and announced their office as they tried to chase the suspect.

The offender then shifted the van in reverse and then forward, striking the officers in the process, police said. He allegedly tried to pin one officer between the van’s front bumper and the police vehicle.

Fearing for his life and the safety of his colleagues, an officer fired and struck the man, police said.

The man was shot three times, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.

The man, 23, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, police said.

The officer was transported to University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago for cuts and bruises sustained during this incident.

No one else was injured.

Police recovered 10 “rocks” or bags of cocaine from the van, Camden said.

As a result of the police investigation, the CTA’s No. 66 Chicago buses were temporarily rerouted in both directions around the scene, according to a CTA rider alert.

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