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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Police shoot, kill armed man in Lawndale

Police shot and killed a 24-year-old man after he raised a handgun toward officers who chased him from a car that refused to stop early Sunday morning on the West Side.
The man stumbled into an alley west of Springfield Avenue and north of 18th Street in the Lawndale neighborhood after police tried to stop a car he was in about 2:30 a.m., police and Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Patrick Camden said.
Uniformed officers made a number of attempts to curb the car, which kept slowing down and speeding up, and after a few of the stop-and-goes a man jumped out and ran, Camden said.
Police stayed with the runner while asking for help and he ducked into the alley west of Springfield Avenue and fell, Camden  said.
Officers giving chase saw he had a weapon as soon as he jumped out the car.
Police and Camden said the man raised a 9-millimeter handgun with one hand as he tried to get up with the other and police, who were out of their car at this point, opened fire.

The man was later identified as Antwon Johnson who was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:11 a.m.

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