A 17-year-old boy was hospitalized after being shot by police in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side tonight
The incident happened at 8:43 p.m. on the 7700 block of South Winchester Avenue
The teen was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where his condition had
Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Pat Camden said an Area
South Gang Team responded to a 911 call that gave a "detailed description" of
someone standing on the corner of 77th Street and Wolcott Avenue holding a
A police department source said the teen was among a group of people
standing near the corner of 77th Street and Wolcott Avenue when officers
approached and the teen took off running.
“Gangs South responded and
there’s about 10 people on the corner, there’s a makeshift memorial there for
someone who got shot god knows when, and they see a guy matching the description
perfectly of the 911 call," Camden said.
One officer gave chase and the
teen ran, police and Camden said. The boy then turned with a weapon in his hand
and the officer opened fire, hitting the teen in his buttocks.
The officers found a .380-caliber pistol at the scene, Camdens
“Point a gun at police, they’re going to shoot you. It’s simple,"
Camden said. "It’s called self defense.”