Police Shoot, Kill Man Suspected in Drug Deal

Man refused to take hands out of pockets, police say

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    Police Line Do Not Cross.

    Police shot and killed a man who allegedly made an aggressive movement toward officers investigating a possible drug deal on the South Side late Saturday.

    Ontario Billups, 30, was shot at 8139 S. Ashland Ave. and pronounced dead at the scene at 10:46 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

    Tactical officers assigned to the Gresham District were on patrol in the 8100 block of South Ashland Avenue about 8:30 p.m. when they saw a suspicious vehicle apparently conducting a drug deal in an area known for narcotics sales and gang activity, according to statement from police News Affairs.

    When officers approached the vehicle and announced their presence, they found a man inside the vehicle concealing his hands inside a jacket, the statement said. The man refused to remove his hands from the jacket despite “numerous demands” from the officers.

    When the man exited the vehicle, he made an aggressive movement towards the officers, and an officer in fear of her life discharged her weapon, fatally striking him, according to the statement.

    Calumet Area detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority -- which investigates all police-involved shootings -- are investigating.