Police shot a 21-year-old armed man who jumped out of a van they tried to pull over in the Chatham neighborhood early Friday morning.
The pursuit started about 1:45 a.m. when four officers in a Gresham district
car spotted a van driving with its side door open in the 7200 block of South
Champlain Avenue, Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Pat Camden said.
"It's also a way the gangs do a lot of their drive-by shootings," Camden
said. "They try to stop the van and he doesn't really want to stop."
Police stayed with the van until 76th Street between Michigan and Wabash
avenues, when a man jumped out carrying a pistol, Camden said.
"One jumps out and they can see in his hand he has a pistol with an extended
clip, a 30- round clip, it's kind of hard to mistake," he said.
The 30-round clip nearly doubles the number of bullets in a 9-mm handgun, which
Camden said the man was carrying.
The man ran down the alley, and two officers jumped out of their car and gave
chase, Camden said. The other two remained in the car, circled the block and
tried to approach from the north.
Camden said the first pair of officers identified themselves and told the man
to drop the gun. He turned and raised the weapon and police opened fire, Camden
The man kept running, and the second pair of officers, coming down the alley
from another direction, also opened fire at him. He was taken into custody next
to a fence he tried to jump in a gangway adjacent to the alley, Camden
Camden said the man was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
with wounds to his arm and torso, and he's expected to survive. The gun and
extended clip were also found