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Charges filed against man shot by police

Updated: November 5, 2013 6:18AM



A 22-year-old man who was shot Monday by Chicago Police has been charged with pointing a gun at officers in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

Raleigh Thomas, of the 8800 block of South May, was charged with aggravated assault of a police officer with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest, police News Affairs said in a release Thursday.

The shooting occurred about 9:30 p.m. Monday after officers responded to a call about a man with a gun in the 1300 block of West 76th, police said after the shooting.

When officers approached the man — since identified as Thomas — he broke away from a group gathered on the block, and fled down the street, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.

After running up a driveway, Thomas is accused of pulling a gun from his waistband and pointing it at the officers, who shot him in the elbow, Camden said.

Thomas’ family expressed doubt about the police union spokesman’s narrative of the shooting.

“He’s a good kid, a family man” who attends Olive-Harvey College, said the man’s aunt, Shaquisha Gibson.

“The whole family went to the hospital to see him, and the police would tell us nothing,” she said. “This isn’t him. He wouldn’t do this.”

Police said they recovered a semi-automatic handgun from the scene.



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