A Chicago Police Officer shot at a driver who tried to run him down on the Gold Coast Sunday evening.
The accident happened around 6:10 p.m. in the first block of East Walton Street and neither the officer nor the driver was hurt, according to police.
The officer was responding to a call for a theft in progress at an American Apparel store when he saw the suspects enter a vehicle, police said. He then tried to stop the vehicle and the driver tried to run him over.
Fearing for his life, the officer fired at the car.
Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said a patrolling officer was walking on Rush Street at Walton Street when he saw four males coming out of the American Apparel store with large piles of clothing.
The suspects got into a gray vehicle and began speeding down Walton Street, coming directly towards the officer who was crossing the street to investigate, Camden said.
“He had no place to go,” Camden said.
The officer fired one shot at the vehicle to defend himself, Camden said. The vehicle then made a sharp right and continued down Walton, avoiding the officer.
Police are looking for a gray car with four black males inside with a large amount of clothing.