A teenager was killed this afternoon in a police-involved shooting on the South Side in the city's Washington Park neighborhood.
The shooting happened shortly after 1 p.m. on the 5600 block of South State Street. The teen was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital but was later pronounced dead.
He was identified as Christian Green, 17
Pat Camden, spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, said that at about 1 p.m. a Second District tactical team saw an individual at 58th Street and Michigan Avenue in a school yard near where police had recently had a gang dispersal.
Camden said the officers wanted to talk to the male, who police believe is in his late teens. But he started walking away at a fast pace and then started running from police, Camden said.
He ran away from the school and by a liquor store at the corner of 57th and State Streets before heading across the street toward a vacant lot, Camden said.
At some point while he was running away from police, Camden said, a gun dropped from his waist band and he picked it up and pointed it at the officers.
"The officers fire," Camden said, recounting the events. "He's hit, he drops the gun again, tries to pick it up. Goes a couple feet away, falls to the ground."
.amden said a weapon was recovered, and Camden identified it as a semiautomatic hand gun.