Police shot a man late Saturday in the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood.
The shooting happened about 11 p.m. when uniformed Grand Crossing District officers were in the 6300 block of South Vernon on patrol when they observed several males and approached them to conduct a field interview, a statement from police News Affairs said.
As the officers approached, one of the males fled on foot with his hand in his waistband. One of the officers gave chase and was confronted by the man, who refused to obey the officer’s orders to remove his hand from his waistband. As a result of this action, and in fear of his life, the officer discharged his weapon, striking the man.
The offender was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital, police said. No officers were reported injured.
The matter remains under investigation by police and the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates all police-involved shootings.
IPRA spokesman William Weeden confirmed the police-involved shooting and said that a suspect was struck.